Automotive DesignLine Blog
The latest twist is car navigation data that provides drivers with the location of traffic cameras.
"The boys in blue are looking for you, with radar," was the call of legendary DJ Dan Ingram on New York City's WABC radio in the '60salerting drivers to radar trap locations in an era before detectors.
Now comes the latest twist on the same idea from NAVTEQ, the digital map folk supplying in-car navigation data. Their Camera Alert feature provides drivers with the location of traffic cameras. The company says such warning "supports government efforts to influence driving behavior and the desire to alert customers to high casualty travel areas," whatever that means. But let's face itit's to avoid getting traffic tickets.
While fair enforcement of reasonable speed limits is not usually a problem, speed enforcement is sometimes seen as more a municipal revenue enhancer if the road limit is unreasonably low.
But perhaps a better use of traffic cameras (and even radar and lasers) would be to catch the idiot drivers making reckless maneuvers and even those presenting a hazard by going too slow in the fast lane. Optical character recognition could even allow zeroing in on the plates of those vehicles with the most potential to offendmy fellow Massachusetts residents