It sounds like the fuzzbuster of the 2010s. But highway-safety advocates say police-camera-detecting navigation systems — which notify drivers as they approach an intersection with a red-light or speed camera — are consistent with the mission of using automated enforcement as a deterrent instead of a citation generator.
As traffic enforcers more frequently use cameras to dissuade speeders, red-light runners, intersection blockers and other traffic scofflaws, automakers are offering navigation systems programmed with the locations of speed and red-light cameras to warn drivers that they’re being watched. Navigation-info suppliers such as Navteq provide automakers with systems that contain camera locations. According to USA Today, GM and Mazda both have begun to offer camera-location info on some of their vehicles.