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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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One problem with all of this...
By cyberguyz on 10/10/2012 10:28:05 AM , Rating: 2
One of the problems with automated systems such as this is that (at least in North America) a person has the right to face his accuser. If people are pinging this information around and raising charges against you, they have to be available to appear in court EVERY TIME to prosecute those charges. They are the plaintiff. If they don't show up, evidence or no evidence, the case gets thrown out. Remember it is not the D.A. or Crown prosecutor that is accusing you - it is the person that submitted that infraction that accused you.

If the person getting the 'automated fine' is going to be a sheep and pay the fine (which sadly will be the majority) then this could work. But if enough people actually go into court and fight the charge, this idea will go down the the toilet really fast.

Remember this little bit of info the next time you get dinged by a red-light camera ;)

RE: One problem with all of this...
By 91TTZ on 10/10/2012 10:42:19 AM , Rating: 2
That's only for criminal cases. It doesn't apply to traffic laws.

By Shadowself on 10/10/2012 10:43:40 AM , Rating: 2
Additionally, each state in the U.S. has different laws governing "citizen's arrest" circumstances and what is allowed versus what is not allowed. In some states a "citizen's arrest" can only be performed in the case of the arresting person both having actually witnessed the event AND the event had to have been a felony.

I find it extremely difficult to believe that the states will be able to get together and formulate some consistent, legal framework that covers these possible cases to allow individual citizens to "write tickets".

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