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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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Why not simply use speed governors?
By 91TTZ on 10/10/2012 10:45:51 AM , Rating: 2
I see a lot of research being done to find new ways to report people for traffic violations. The claim is that this is about "safety". Yet I find it odd that they're against using technology to prevent people from breaking the law. In other words, they want you to be able to speed and they want your car to automatically report you for it. Why not use a simple speed governor to prevent people from speeding in the first place?

The answer is money. If people actually were forced to drive safer it would dry up an enormous revenue source. This isn't about safety, this is about automatic payments.




By drycrust3 on 10/10/2012 6:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
Totally agree. As I understand it, most Japanese vehicles with an engine management system are actually governed ... at a very high speed e.g. 190 km/hr. There isn't any logical reason why all vehicles sold to most people in a country aren't automatically limited, prior to sale, to something like the legal speed limit plus a small amount. Most of the buses in the bus company I work for are governed, so it isn't as though this is particularly onerous.


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