I know it's been forever and a day since I last blogged, but I'm resolving to be more active or just dump the whole thing. I'm the sort of person whose life revolves heavily around work, so I've been somewhat hesitant to blog anything that might get back to the office. But since things are taking a dramatic turn in that department, I figured I might as well let loose. Stay tuned for potential tell-all stories to appear in the future. Until then,....
I'll admit it, I'm a speeder. Always have been, probably always will be. Maybe it's the result of being the youngest of 5 male siblings, where there was never a lack of competition. Or maybe it's just the thrill of going fast, or maybe the risk of getting caught that made driving more interesting than just getting from point A to point B.
So I've had a few tickets over the years, but luckily never so many at any one time to put my license status at risk. And of course I've always used a radar detector.
It's always been an arms race between speeders and law enforcement. I remember way back when the "Fuzzbuster" came out. Crude yet useful, it detected the X-band radars of the day. And over the ensuing years, enforcement technology evolved to K, Ka, and now laser detection. All the while, you could count on detector technology to keep reasonable pace.
But now there's a new sheriff in town, so to speak.
I just read in Wired about a British company named Astucia that has created an in-road speed detector, that can be essentially hidden under one of those round reflector disks that are used for separating lanes. It uses infrared to detect the speed of the car as it passes by, and then transmits it (along with a digital snap of the license plate) via GPRS cell network to a central automated ticketing system. Apparently the FBI, Homeland Defense, and Alabama DOT have all tested it already.
So they're clearly upping the ante with this stuff. Look for things to converge even more around this... namely, integration with vehicle control (via OnStar, etc.) to locate egregious offenders and possibly even (slowly) disable the automobile.