| 8:23 pm on Aug 12, 2006 (gmt 0)|
We've has "SPECS" cameras in the UK (wish I could post URLs) for a while now - these read number plates at start and end points, and calculate average speed in between. Roughly the same idea.
However, they proved too controversial for normal motorway use, but no-one seems to mind them being used in roadwork areas, and so they are.
| 1:13 am on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Guess I'll be driving my 1974 260z in the future :) GPS tracking .. no thanks. I get enough speeding tickets just from lidar laser radar.
| 4:13 am on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
I contract-work for a company which
build the telematic unit system in NZ,
and mainly sell to UK I guess.
That unit can just tell every thing via its peripherals.
(A smart client computer)
I think it is good for hospital and delivery companies to
install it on their veichles.
For example, the management team can find out their live behaviours and historical logs,
Like, jerking(jolt), speeding,location and MANY other attributes.
Yeah, the cool thing is geo fence.
I am afraid one day that kind of unit can be somehow planted under human skin!@#!@#
If that is the case, too BAD!
| 4:49 am on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Long overdue. Let's have them refuse to park where it's not allowed as well (i.e. the handbrake releasing itself when you turn off the engine if parked somewhere undesignated)
Some feel that speed limits are an annoyance and aren't to be followed. It's all part of the mentality of driving. An aggressive approach to speeding easily overflows into an aggressive approach to merging, overtaking etc.
| 4:52 am on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
It was only a matter of time, we've had freeway photography cops around here for a couple years now. Snap a pic, mail it to them with the ticket, no contest.
Big Brother. :-)
| 9:17 am on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
"Some feel that speed limits are an annoyance and aren't to be followed. It's all part of the mentality of driving. An aggressive approach to speeding easily overflows into an aggressive approach to merging, overtaking etc. "
But can you imagine the down sides? I would not want to be tracked whatever I do. Civil liberties. Something like that happened I would most definately leave the country I was in. The Czech Republic is already turning into a country that is adopting all the euro crap that is shoved down our throats. I liked living here because you were relatively free and there was a healthy attitude to the rules. Now rules and nasty penalties are being introduced for everything so people live in fear. Give me the old days anyday.
| 10:51 am on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
my father always tells me:
"son, drive faster. soon all cars will have 1 gear forward and 5 gears backwards. then you will have to drive slowly"
| 1:39 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Dead against this. Way to big brother.
| 1:45 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
They should just ban seatbelts and have a spike in the middle of the steering wheel.
| 3:05 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Two mistakes in one sentence:
"Ten vehicles equipped with this technology are currently being tested in the Ottowa area; if the trail is "successful," a wider series of tests is planned."
Ottowa = Ottawa
trail = trial
| 3:36 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
| 4:37 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
Rental-car companies and shipping companies have been using this technology for a long time. They know if you were speeding, or went off-roading. It isn't so bad when it is someone else's vehicle being rented or driven for hire (employer liability and all.) It grades into intrusiveness because it will soon be used to adjust insurance premiums PRIOR to any claim, to give one "minority report".
Something else you may not have considered is the info retained by the airbag computer in the vehicle; it will store vehicle speed, g-force, pedal application and a lot more to be downloaded for the police and insurance after a collision. Soon vehicles will have satellite links whether you want them or not, and the data will be accessable for others' scrutiny, whether you are even aware of it or not. There are teevee commercials touting the upside of this, such as notifying the authorities after a collision or unlocking the vehicle if the keys are inside; people are so dazzled by this that they fail to consider the dark side until it is too ubiquitous and too late.
Bottom line, I can see the benefits, but also the downside, and I personally am inclined to be VEEEEERY wary of big-brother type activities. I'd rather always lock my vehicle with the key only (so they never get locked in!), rather than give someone a window in so they might also help me one day.
| 4:44 pm on Aug 13, 2006 (gmt 0)|
| 11:22 am on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)|
But if you ain't doing anything wrong, why are you afraid?
| 3:16 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)|
'cause I'm naturally paranoid.
| 6:10 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)|
my TomTom explicitly says it can not be used to track your movements. for now ...
| 7:02 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|But if you ain't doing anything wrong, why are you afraid? |
See Brazil. Literally, a BUG in the program. :-)
| 12:38 am on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)|
|it can not be used to track your movements. for now ... |
But can it be used to find your location? At regular intervals....?