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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RE: How about....
10/10/2012 12:00:06 PM
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....
10/10/2012 1:29:58 PM
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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