By on September 24, 2014


Presently, V2V (vehicle to vehicle) and V2I (vehicle to infrastructure) technologies are meant to allow a vehicle so-equipped to better navigate its surroundings, and to exchange data with other vehicles like it. If law enforcement has its way, however, the red and blue lights in the rearview mirror could soon give way to the electric eye of automated enforcement.

Autoblog reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration acknowledges as much in the agency’s report on the technologies. Though the current framework isn’t meant for law enforcement, and data transmitted by current intelligent transport systems don’t provide enough to link speeding calculations to drivers, deputy administrator David Friedman says the possibility is there:

I know there is potential for law enforcement to optimize some of these things, but if we go too far, too fast in that direction, it could create some consumer backlash that could hurt its adoption. The technology is there, but our initial design is not focused on that.

Of course, automated enforcement wouldn’t obtain its information from ITS data alone, as it would augment a whole assortment of tools meant to nail speeders. Phoenix-based RedFlex is developing a camera network that would measure one’s speed between two points, while Colorado-based Laser Technology Inc. is building a dual laser/camera system that will both calculate speed and record video of the offender.

That said, the allure of real-time data may prove too great to contain on the enforcement front, putting the onus on the consumer to maintain vigilance in keeping data private, as National Motorists Association communications director John Bowman explains:

I hope people start to take notice of this stuff. We’re essentially tracked everywhere we go in almost everything we do. If people don’t push back against it like they’ve started to do with red-light cameras, I just think people will be surprised when they wake up one day and realize they have no privacy left.

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15 Comments on “Real-Time Data May Lead To Greater Automated Law Enforcement...”

  • avatar

    I remember when people used to say that they would never ever allow the government to put a chip in them.

    Fast forward to the present.

    We have smart phones that know our heart rate, our position on Earth, our thumbprints, our friends and family’s faces, our buying habits, our sexual orientation (based on pron viewing habits) and every single place we go on a daily basis.

    Cameras on our phones, PS4 and XBOXONE pointed at our beds- or our children’s beds – with instant on technology- that can be accessed via TCP/Ip.

    Our emails, our sext messages, our love interests, our mistresses, our health issues, our clothing sizes…


    Whether we speed habitually, run lights, or cut people off will be even easier to get information on.

    An RFID Chip could have never done all of that information gathering.

    But the real trick of it all is that “they” made us pay for the chance to line up in order to give them this information.

    One way or another, all of this technology will find its way into our vehicles and we will be the ones who fronted the cost to have it.

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      The farther away from the Cold War we get, the more seems to happen that we were told to be afraid of if the Soviets took over.

    • 0 avatar

      They didn’t really make us pay for it. Once it was packaged as a way to indulge our narcissistic instincts, we jumped in without giving a damn about consequences.

      It’s beautiful, the names of the technological products we use-


      I’m sure there are plenty others. In effect, it makes it “all about the individual.” We traded privacy for vanity. Everything is tracked, measured, traded, and sold behind our backs, and we don’t care because it feels good for the moment.

      10 years ago, you were a deviant or freak if you posted naked pictures on the internet… Now people send them out on cell phones and don’t think twice about it, as if that is somehow safer.

      Not everyone needs a vocie. And those who least need to be heard are the ones who speak the loudest when given the chance.

      • 0 avatar

        That will probably be the most intelligent thing I read all day. Well said.

      • 0 avatar
        S2k Chris

        “10 years ago, you were a deviant or freak if you posted naked pictures on the internet… Now people send them out on cell phones and don’t think twice about it, as if that is somehow safer.”

        You’re goddamn right they do, and if you try to convince 17y/o blonde cheerleaders to stop, I’ll hunt you down and hang your corpse by the shrunken gonads as a warning to others.

    • 0 avatar

      Kill the problem at the root. Get rid of license plates, Vehicle registrations and the DMV itself. As always, the real problem is not “technology”, but the idiocy that someone can force you to refrain from doing all you technologically can to be anonymous.

  • avatar

    Oh skip all the malarkey and just build The Car Of The Future with a ticket-printing machine in the dash already!

  • avatar

    A conversation in the near future:

    —How was your commute to work Bob?
    Awful, I got docked for 435 micro-infractions, I can’t believe it! I’m now on “ShameWall” ™
    —Wow, that sucks, I heard Dawn in accounting is a real pro, she’s able to make home averaging only 20 micro-penalties per 100 miles.

  • avatar

    So when I go to court will my accuser be a computer?

  • avatar

    No no no, you guys have this all wrong. With all of this wonderful data collected and used by these systems, we’ll all be SAFER. As such, we won’t ever get a ticket because the decisions will all have been made for us.
    This technology is our FRIEND and so are the hordes of analysts who will have access to your data–your delicious wonderful data! Mmmm, data.
    Somewhere in Utah, a slightly balding man in gray flannel suit is thinking about all of your data and getting a partial. He is also your friend.
    FYI, this is likely the LEAST intelligent thing you’ll read all day and YOU’RE WELCOME FOR IT.

  • avatar

    I’m nostalgic for the 80s because it was the last decade where high tech was magical and the future was going to awesome.

    Now, high tech is ubiquitous and the bloom is most definitely off the rose.

    Somewhere along the way, I learned that I’d rather watch movies about the future than actually live there.

  • avatar

    Am I the only one who tries to have an “I.G.Y.” view of the future?


  • avatar

    What is it about forums that is so attractive to the tinfoil hat crowd?

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