Speed camera that checks your insurance, tax and seatbelt... and possibly if you have a bogey hanging out of your nose
Hey drivers! Apparently, there's a new speed camera coming your way that's almost sentient! Like one of those Glade air-fresheners that know when to spit out chemicals toward your nostrils. And Johnny 5.
This new speed camera, obviously, detects what speed you're doing... but it also has a bunch of other features that will check your number plates and make sure that your tax is up to date.
Not only that, but it will also measures the distance between vehicles to see if you're tailgating someone, all the while, taking snaps of the inside of the car to make sure you're wearing a seat belt.
It'll probably develop ears at some point so it can chide you for your terrible taste in music.
The whole thing is rigged up to police computers via satellite, so that prosecutions can be started within seconds of offences. Maybe it will prompt drivers into flashing their chests like people photographed on a log flume?
The system is known as Asset – Advanced Safety and Driver Support for Essential Road Transport – and is costing around £7 million to develop. If rolled out in Britain, it'll probably make that money back in a day on issued tickets.
Matti Kutila, senior research scientist, says: ‘The main intention is to support traffic police so that drivers follow traffic rules such as wearing seat belts, keep to the speed limit and maintain sufficient distance to the vehicle in front. This, of course, is beneficial for road safety."
So there you have it. That should keep you on your toes for a bit while muttering about a Big Brother state.