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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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RE: This is BULL$#+!.
By conquistadorst on 10/10/2012 9:37:00 AM , Rating: 2
I definitely see this happen to me all the time. But how do you know they weren't already accelerating? I mean, if you have a faster car, of course you're going to appear to be going faster. But I drive a Civic, it takes awhile to get up to 75mph, especially if I'm not burning through gas with the pedal to the metal heh... if that's the case, not sure how you can expect everyone to accelerate just as fast as you do? Anyway, there's really no real good reason to get so upset about it, chill out, easy on the road rage bro.


RE: This is BULL$#+!.
By Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer on 10/10/2012 11:09:16 AM , Rating: 2
Ha ha, trust me, they aren't. It's almost always a situation where I've been behind them long enough to know they aren't going to stop driving like someone's grandmother. Well, until you pass them, and suddenly they're drafting you. There's no mistaking the fact that they're simply driving like @$$holes. :-\

I mean, hell, I drive a Volvo (albeit a Volvo with an occasionally very useful turbo heh heh), and I'm all for driving in a manner that doesn't trash your gas mileage. But that's not what's going on here.


RE: This is BULL$#+!.
By fic2 on 10/10/2012 8:45:01 PM , Rating: 2
I remember a few years ago driving down a 4 lane each way divided highway. I was in the 2nd to the right lane. There was one other car within eyesight. Where was he? Right on my ass - couldn't even see his license plate. What did I do? I slowly slowed down. After about 2 miles we were both doing 45 (from 65). He finally noticed how slow we were going and passed me.


RE: This is BULL$#+!.
By Schrag4 on 10/10/2012 12:57:38 PM , Rating: 2
In your scenario the slow-accelarator that got passed should either slow down briefly to create distance if he wants to go the same speed or he should pass the fast-accelerator. No need to ride someone's bumper in that situation.

To the OP, I totally agree with you. These people will speed up once you get over to pass them, and then once you get back into the slow lane behind them they slow back down. It happens quite often, and it makes me wonder if I'm the only one on the road that uses cruise control.


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