Speed cams are bad … AAA has done audits revealing that 1 in 10 tickets issued by them are in error … with drivers having little recourse since only the cameras are are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Yep, they’re bad, but …
Imagine all speed limits being tightly enforced … 24 X 7.
Scary thought, right?
Here’s what will replace the speed cam … and disrupt our lives.
First, the dots that connect.
Recently, I received something from State Farm offering me a discount on my auto insurance if I sign-up to have my driving monitored by OnStar or another geo-based system.
The pitch: would tailor my rates to my driving behavior (e.g. miles per day) and save me money.
Then, got a letter from the Montgomery County “Safe Speeds” program alleging that a family car was snapped speeding … you know, the usual: multi-lane road, down a hill, right where the speed limit changed from 45 to 30 … boom!
Then, caught the article about how some locales are shortening the duration of yellow lights … doubling the number of cars snapped by red light cams.
Finally, been doing reading on predictive analytics … and geo-spatial tracking … you know, sending your cell a coupon when you’re proximate to a specific store or restaurant.
Connecting the dots:
It’s a no brainer that revenue hungry locales (err, I mean “safety conscious” locales, will someday start monitoring how fast your car is going … everywhere you’re driving.
It’s simple … the technology components already exist … they just need to be combined.
Some auto-GPS devices already tell you how fast you’re going … all they need to do is calc the time interval between GPS coordinates.
And, I think, there are already cyber-maps of road sections … with their speed limits
The final puzzle piece: a way to cyber-track your car.
Kinda like OnStar does …