High-Tech Cordon Photo Radar Trap Could Catch EVERYONE...

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Cordon multi-vehicle radar tracking

Cordon multi-vehicle radar tracking

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If you've previously taken a few liberties with speed, knowing that a radar trap will catch someone else instead, then you'd better hope your local law enforcement won't be using one of these any time soon...

The Cordon photo radar system is the latest in radar speed detection technology, able to track every vehicle on the road through a certain area and make instant judgements on their speed, grading them according to lawlessness.

According to Engadget, the Cordon generates two images, one wide-angle shot and another closeup to pick out drivers' licence plates. It can track up to 32 vehicles at a time across four lanes.

Not only is it accurate, it's also sneaky - it's small and durable, and can be mounted high up making it harder to spot, so when you see those radar warning signs you'd better slow down. Think of it as being similar to the licence plate recognition systems the police use in their patrol cars, only a lot less conspicuous.

Vehicles are rated on a three-color scale. Vehicles rated as green are law-abiding citizens, yellow means you're pushing the luck but not breaking the law enough to trouble anyone, and red means your ticket's in the mail.

You won't have to worry about Big Brother for another few months though, as the Cordon isn't due in North America until the first quarter of 2012.

In the mean time, you could always start thinking of some creative excuses... or just hope your State decides against them for privacy reasons.

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Comments (4)
  1. Michigan is long overdue for this system!

  2. Question: When are these ppl going to invent a "Liars Radar Gun" to use on our so called "above the law politicians"?

  3. Speed cameras only record significant numbers of violations when the posted limit is set BELOW the safest possible speed limit to post. If safety is the true goal for posted limits (rare in the USA), the limit is set at the 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic under good conditions, so that only about 15% of the vehicles will be above the limit and about 85% will be below or right at the limit. Set this way, the cameras cannot make any real profits because the number of violators more than 5 mph above the limit will be too small to be profitable. See the science of posting the safest limits on our website. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association, www.motorists.org, Ann Arbor, MI

  4. I question the accuracy of the actual speeds. If you look at the vechicles at :24 at the top left of the video, you will see what looks like a light colored saturn car and a dark colored Nissan truck. They appear to be going the same speed, but have different readouts. Also the Nissan seems to be slowing more than the subaru, but the numbers dont reflect that.
    I'm wondering if it is because the camera's left side is closer to the vechicles due to the angle of which it is set, making it seem as if the vechicles on the left are faster than the right side. I'm sure that there are more dynamics an engineer could explain about this situation. Great idea to catch speeders, but are we really looking for 100% compliance? Here go our freedoms.

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