Cameras Can Set Speed Traps From Space

In a very bad development for lead-footed drivers, the U.K. government is testing a new type of speed camera that uses satellites to catch cars exceeding the speed limit.

The “SpeedSpike” system measures average speed between any two points in a network, and it’s believed the system could cover a network of residential streets to enforce speed limits around schools, reduce congestion and allow law enforcement to focus their priorities elsewhere.

American-owned company PIPS Technology says the cameras can capture license plate numbers in “all weather conditions, 24 hours a day” and also touted the system’s low cost and easy installation.

Yet if drivers all but revolt at the idea of speed cameras snapping pictures of their license plates and sending them tickets in the mail, what makes the U.K. government or PIPS think that anyone will be remotely cool with space cameras sending them speeding tickets?

Furthermore, if this is the stuff being dreamed up to nab speeders, why exactly haven’t we caught Osama bin Laden?

New Speed Cameras Trap Motorists From Space (The Telegraph)


Amuro Ray

@ SM,

your final comment / question

Furthermore, if this is the stuff being dreamed up to nab speeders, why exactly haven’t we caught Osama bin Laden?

is kinda silly. It's like asking to perform the entire vehicle purchasing process for its users, from research, to price negotiation, and finally, check and make sure that the vehicle is delivered to its users with no issue on the vehicle itself.

It's utterly different when the camera only needs to point at certain level of the streets, and take pictures of ANY vehicles that are speeding. It's like the land based red light cameras here. As long as we aren't talking 'bou tracking a specific vehicle, it can be done, EASILY.

To track a specific vehicle, then we need to need to know the location of the vehicle any time, any where, and that's super difficult, if not impossible, without any assistance for a tracking device. These satellite/cameras aren't tracking devices. Now substitute my reference of this specific vehicle with Osama Bin Laden, and your question/comment will be answered.


Britons have shown much more tolerance for the use of cameras and automated enforcement in their society than American have. I'm not sure if this will be too far, but I suspect the reaction will be far less than we would extrapolate from the behavior of Americans.


If you want to track a vehicle,its as easy as your onboard OnStar system in those "great" GM vehicles.Heck,the cops can even have you shut down too.Obviously,this stuff is not in the public's mind when they give GM a 30% sales increase lately.


@Amuro Ray
Usama bin Laden has been dead for a long time now. He was dead before the year 2002.

The speed limit is instantaneous, not average. That is why LASER is invalid, it only generates average speed.

So many cameras in England, yet they do not deter crime, and they 'solve' very few crimes [which weren't deterred]

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