Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Allows for Automated Traffic Fines
October 9, 2012 8:47 PM
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The new automated traffic fine system incorporates sensors built into vehicles and Communication and Information Technologies (CITs)
If you're the type of driver that leans more toward offensive rather than defensive driving, you might want to take it easy on the speeding and pay attention to those stoplights -- systems to
automate traffic fines
are in the making.
Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III Madrid's (UC3M) Information and Communication Technology Security Group have been working on the E-SAVE project, which aims to use IT to improve traffic regulation.
The new automated traffic fine system incorporates sensors built into vehicles and Communication and Information Technologies (CITs). The new system has three main components: a mechanism that allows drivers to report others while maintaining anonymity and authenticity; a way for sending the notification of a fine directly to the vehicle in question, and a mechanism that allows the offending driver to create electronic evidence in order to defend him/herself in the case that they receive a notification. The offending driver can do this by "asking" surrounding drivers with sensors to be witnesses to the scene.
The whole system is based on
via sensors, where cars can trade information in the flow of traffic and allow for crimes to be reported.
A huge aspect of the new system is to keep driver information confidential so that credentials are not stolen or abused. It's also important that driver information is updated and accurate for the purpose of sending fines correctly. The team is doing this through a project called PRECIOUS, where cryptographic methods of anonymous authentication and zero knowledge tests are used. This rids the duplication of information.
The system will be tested in "the coming months."
Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (UC3M)
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10/9/2012 11:41:46 PM
I'm of two minds about this.... maybe three.
First: I can't wait for the ability to "tag" some asshole that's endangering every person on the road. With the amount if driving I do (250-500 miles/day) I see a lot of people just being dangerous. I don't mean a little speeding or a little slop in their lane holding. I mean really dangerous, stupid drivers. Unfortunately these are the same people that are dumb/thoughtless enough to be dangerous outside of the car, which brings me to...
Second: It's going to turn into highway PvP... or maybe it's DvD. People are aggressive enough. What happens when the number of road-rage incidents go through the roof? The anonymity is only applicable when there are are other people on the road besides you and the violator.
Third: I do not look forward to cruising with traffic and someone "tagging" everyone... if it works that way.
That raises another question. If someone is attempting light speed and everyone he passes "tags" him, does he get a fine/point violation for every incident?
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