• Nov 11, 2010
Big Brother just got a little bigger.

We know that the US voters typically go against red-light and speed cameras, but what if the law enforcement systems were more high-tech?

In certain parts of Europe speed cameras are a way of life. They're everywhere and the all-seeing lens that might send you a ticket in the mail for going a few kilometers per hour above the limit, might now be able to ring you up for even more. A new system known as the Advanced Safety and Driver Support for Essential Road Transport, or ASSET, is a camera system that captures a lot more information beyond your speed and the characters on your license plate. The ASSET system shows if you are wearing your seat belt, driving too fast for current road conditions, checks the status of your insurance and will even note if you are following too closely to the vehicle in front of you.

After years of development, the system is being tested in Finland with an approximate cost of $80,000 per unit. Currently, the ASSET setup attaches to a trailer hitch and is moved into whatever locations deemed necessary. However, the system will soon be made small enough to fit directly into the police vehicles.

[Source: SNWS, The Daily Mail via Engadget | Image: Engadget]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      ASSET has got to be the worst example of acronym engineering I've seen in a while...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reading about this thing just made me throw up in my mouth...
      cwebuilder
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now all we need is something to watch the police. Oh mandatory lie detector test every 6 months! Like many companies do.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Talk about Big Brother! Sheesh...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, it really should be called ASSERT. Fits in better with the Big Brother theme.
      Flash
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTF is this country turning into???
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Asset" speed camera, lol, indeed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Park that thing in a neighborhood filled with illegals to check for no insurance and it will most likely blow up....
      johnalton77
      • 4 Years Ago
      How would ASSET know you are "following to close to another vehicle" does it take into account rush hour...what if the driver ahead of you puts on the breaks, for whatever reason, just as ASSET takes its reading - now, through no fault of your own "you are to close" because of the very human lag in reaction time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is a rediculous statement. Red light, yellow light, it doesn't matter. If the car behind was following at an appropriate distance, he or she would have been ready for whatever the car in front of them did. Read any drivers license test prep booklet for any state and you will understand. If the light is yellow and you have time to stop, then stop. If the light is yellow and you are practically under it, you don't stop. If you slam on the brakes because a light turns yellow and you are really close to it, you're wrong. However, it shouldn't cause an accident if the person behind is following at a safe distance and is paying attention to the road and traffic.

      You can't blame moronic, paranoid behavior for accidents. Drive as if you were taking your test at all times and you will be fine.

      This machine, however, is completely wrong and should never be allowed to operate in the U.S.A., but not because it will cause accidents, because it violates our constitutional rights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all for the seatbelt part of the equation, at least that is important.

      I can't stand it when people refuse to wear seatbelts and call them "unsafe". Are you really that stupid? Its like the 50's mentality of it is better to be thrown from the vehicle in an accident is better than staying inside of the vehicle.
        James Sisson
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do agree seatbelts are safer after driving as an over the road truck driver for two years. The point is that as a FREE AMERICAN an adult here HAS the RIGHT to decide these things for themselves. I am the only one hurt if I don't wear a seatbelt and am in an accident. My life, my business, my problem, my choice. I wish the insurance side of it could be handled the way they do in Japan. Drove over there for the military for a year. You have an accident, it's your fault, someone is injured..... you pay all the costs, you visit them and family daily, and you live with the family paying all the injured persons normal income until they are able to take back the role at 100%.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who's the next dictator and when is he/she coming?
      • 4 Years Ago
      seems to me like another invasion of privacy and attack of u.s citizens human rights that the government so dearly likes to perform on a regular basis.
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