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After revolutionizing search, advertising, and e-mail, Google is changing the way police in Greater Manchester keep track of motorists: Filming them a la StreetView.
After having seen Google's StreetView car doing its Cylon sweep of everything, everywhere, the local authorities were apparently inspired to outfit Smart ForTwos with high-rise cameras to capture data. The cars will focus their views near "a high occurrence of 'driver distraction' collisions and where officers have regularly observed offenses being committed."

The police aren't trying to hide anything -- the ForTwos are evidently outfitted in official livery, and besides, there's that gigantic telephone pole of a camera mast sticking out of the roof as a less-than-subtle tipoff. What the police are hoping is that you won't be able to hide anything, either.

The surveiling Smart cars are only part of a pilot program for now, but you can bet that if they're effective, you've only seen the beginning of them.

Thanks, Google...

[Source: Daily Mail via CNET | Image: Manchester Evening News]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like an RC car - I'll take 10
      • 5 Years Ago
      The UK is becoming a nightmare with it's big brother attitude. I can only hope the civilized world doesn't follow in their arse backward footsteps.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I fail to see how parking a Smart car with police decals and a giant lamp post on the roof is going to help decrease driver distraction.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They'll put a "Nothing to see here, don't be distracted" sticker on it of course!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Presumably there will be a policeman driving this car. Will he be blind? I'm struggling to understand how a camera and a computer are actually better (or more cost effective) at policing than a human being with two eyes and a brain.
        • 5 Years Ago
        UCJR: That's true, it would be more revenue, provided there are enough tickets to offset the cost of attaching a telegraph pole to a Smart car. But, it won't make anyone safer. The nice thing about a police officer handing out tickets is that he can make an unsafe driver pull over and drive safely. Getting a letter in the mail two weeks after you were driving like a lunatic doesn't seem like it would be as effective in that regard. So I guess that's what I was getting at.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's fairly simple... the camera footage can be analyzed later, with multiple tickets being issued from a single circuit of the car. One officer can only catch so many things, but when you can rewind things... lots more gets spooted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would hate to get spooted by the police!
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Mr. Orwell was a little off one the date, but his predictions are coming all the more true.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like it's missing it's key at the top to wind it up with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mr. Orwell was a little off on the date, but his predictions are coming all the more true.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's gonna get broken off by someone who doesn't like it very quickly and easily too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats a pole behind the car.
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