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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 vehicle-to-vehicle communication 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."

Source: Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (UC3M)



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How about....
By Talon75 on 10/10/2012 5:36:42 AM , Rating: 2
Instead of focusing on my regulations and ways to screw people over for a buck on the basis of "safety", how about we invest in education and solve the problem from the get go... Say for example, let's stop giving drivers licenses away like they are candy...

Or better yet, put that technical know how into an automated driving system or something else equally cool....




RE: How about....
By Dr of crap on 10/10/2012 8:28:28 AM , Rating: 2
Really, you're going to educate the little old lady that can't see over the steering wheel and only goes 50 mph on the freeway marked at 60 mph, or all those morons that stay in the left lane the WHOLE way home no matter what????

Nice try!
The automated driving has some merit. But you'll never get a majority to jump on that bandwagon either.


RE: How about....
By Stuka on 10/10/2012 12:49:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, you will... or they don't get their license. Finland is a model on this. You pay a bunch of money, you get a bunch of instruction (vehicle handling, crash avoidance, foul weather control), and if you care about your $2000+ you will pay attention and pass the course the first time.

Driving is a privilege, it says so on page one in the manual. We need to start regulating it more like a privilege.


RE: How about....
By fic2 on 10/10/2012 8:47:29 PM , Rating: 2
They don't stay in the left lane the whole way home. Usually about 20 feet from their exit they cut across the 3-4 lanes to barely make it nearly killing several people on their way.


RE: How about....
By NellyFromMA on 10/10/2012 8:39:56 AM , Rating: 2
Sad thing is, the American economic engine demands as many people as popssible go out and work. Thing is, if you can't transport yourself you're immediately relegated to a much narrower set of life options.

Honestly, the bottom line is, we give licenses to people with little to no training and do not even evaluate whether or not htey are responsible in any way shape or form or competetent.

Obviously, if we restrict the people who have licenses to people are are competent, public and private revenues go way down and the ramifications sweep out much farther than that.

We think things like fines will nudge idiots into place, but we've seen that doesn't work in any situation. That's the problem.


RE: How about....
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 10/10/2012 12:00:06 PM , Rating: 1
Personally, I think car makers can simply install the same annoying flashing lights and dings for speeding/traffic like they did with seatbelts. You're more inclined to wear your seatbelt, not because you want to, but because the damn car doesn't shut up.

With today's 'cars that park themselves,' there's clearly a sensor/camera to determine objects in the front and back. That said, there should be a new 'you can move the fuck over to the right lane now' flashing light and a door bell ding to accompany it!

Same with speeding. I had a gps system that would ding when I was 10 over the speed limit. And it self adjusted based on the gps (so like when roads jumped from 55 to 35, etc..). Kinda handy, but annoying too. The point being, it still got my attention.

Laws fix nothing.... but annoying sounds and flashing lights fix everything!


RE: How about....
By Spookster on 10/10/2012 1:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
That's an interesting idea. Aural and visual cues have always been an effective means of guiding or controlling both humans and animals for decades. Obviously it works for seat belts as you mentioned.


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