• Jul 7, 2006
Speed cameras in Europe are fast becoming a royal pain in the ass, which makes a device like Inforad a stroke of genius. It's a little black box that sits on your dash and plugs into your cigarette lighter like a radar detector, but instead of detecting cops with quotas to meet, it uses GPS positioning hardware that links up with satellites to pinpoint your car's location relative to known areas covered by speed cameras.
If a user encounters an unknown speed camera location, he/she can press a button on Inforad that saves those particular coordinates and uploads them later to a central database where mobile engineers can verify them before being released to fellow users. Genius! The box itself costs £79.99 with yearly subscription for updates going for £24.99 and a lifetime subscription is just £49.99.

[Source: Inforad via Ubergizmo via Foursprung]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      #16 : We have a small number of systems like the one you suggest already here in the UK. It works on cameras though and you don't have to stop. A video camera logs every car getting onto the road and registers all the number plates. Another camera does the same at the end of the road and works out if you were too fast. Hey presto - got a ticket in the post!
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bob,

      Don't ever go to LA. I promise they write excessive bicycle speed tickets all the time.

      They also will turn around and try to catch you to write you a ticket for jaywalking. However, I've heard that of you sprint into a multi-story office building, they'll give up. Just what I've heard.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Although helpful in warning you about the speed cameras it still doesn't allow you to speed (which is why you'd want one of these in the first place).

      This simply tells you that you should slow down to avoid a ticket... the objective of the law enforcement is still met, you're not speeding.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tom Tom Navigator for PPC does the same thing...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great idea with this product. Yes, I wrote a post about law enforcement recently on my blog.

      http://uh2l.blogs.com/things_ive_noticed/2006/03/police_highway_.html

      They often seem to be around to "Pull over and collect, not serve and protect."

      There's one way to catch people on toll roads that would be totally fool proof but would lead to decreased use of toll roads... All they have to do is look at the distance between entry and exit toll booths and divide it by the time it took you to make the trip. If it's over XX mph, you get a ticket. There's no safer way to enforce, (just don't tell the cops.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Flashing your headlights and using CB radios years ago was the preferred way of avoiding "the Man".
      • 8 Years Ago
      How long until devices like these are illegal? You can be sure that if speed cameras were in use in the USA like they are in the UK and other European countries, our pathetic politicians would find some way to make them illegal.

      With all the big brother stuff in the UK, I'm surprised they haven't outlawed these things already. The concept is simple and effective. I wish radar detectors were as useful!
      • 8 Years Ago
      No 10, how nice of you to put in a completely unrelated link to hock your crap.

      #12 lies, damn lies and statistics. You can make the data say anything you want it to.
      In many places, if there's no clear cause of an accident, they assume it to be speed related. Of course it's speed related, two objects that are not moving will not collide. Feel free to ride your bicycle as much as you want. They'll find some way to hide revenue generation behind safety on those as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Very true, I hate statistics. I look forward to the day I get a speeding ticket on my bike, I will frame the damn thing. People don't realize how hard it is to bike at 25 for more than a few blocks. Still the best thing is to pay attention. If only we could give out tickets for being an idiot...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Scott,

      It's a sad thing, but they really don't want you to slow down, they want to pick your pocket. Driving in places with this equipment is actually MORE dangerous. Maybe that's an angle we can use to sue the cities - which would remove the reason (money, not safety) for them.

      The objective is to fine you without legal representation so there is minimal overhead. See my post with links above.

      One thing to point out, a major plank in a political party in British Columbia Canada was to abolish speed cameras. They won the election handily.
      • 8 Years Ago
      At least some are fighting back:

      http://www.speedcam.co.uk/gatso2.htm
      • 8 Years Ago
      You gotta love it! Almost as quickly as governments and the insurance cartel come up new ways to fleece motorists, the geeks invent cheap countermeasures.
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