Speed cameras are something of a foreign curiosity for many drivers in the US. Sure, there is sporadic use of red light cameras here, but the cams to catch speeders are much more popular in Europe. However, Hyundai might have created a way to end that scourge for our foreign auto enthusiast compatriots. The Korean automaker recently showed off a system on the Genesis at its headquarters in Seoul that could detect and automatically slow down for the nefarious devices. It could make many speeding tickets a thing of the past.

According to Australian website Drive, the Genesis' tech is actually a simple integration of already existing structures. It combines a navigation system programmed with the locations of speed cameras and the sedan's automatic braking. Drivers get an audible warning about a half-mile beforehand to slow down, and if they don't the car can do it for them.

Unfortunately, this potentially money-saving tech isn't leaving its domestic market anytime soon. "This is offered only in Korea and not planned for the US. In Korea, many cars with smart cruise control offer this and it is viewed as a safety feature," said Hyundai spokesperson Jim Trainor to Autoblog via email.

Obviously, the system isn't foolproof since it can only detect stationary cameras. If the cops catch you on radar, you're still getting a ticket. It probably wouldn't be of much use in the US anyway since we have so few speed cameras here. Still, it seems like the type of type of semi-autonomous driving tech that a lot of drivers around the world could get behind.


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      churchmotor
      • 5 Months Ago
      It should speed up so that ugly grill doesn't break the camera.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 5 Months Ago
      This car uses radar detecting technology. Such technology is unsafe as it invites people to speed after the camera lasses. The whole idea behind speed cameras is that if the ignorant peasant commoners pay through their noses, maybe they won't speed again. Hopefully, they will eventually impound and crush all the Hyundi Genesises in circulation. Treat it the same way as you would treat an illegal car, such as a Skyline. Crush the car and throw the owner in jail. Serves the peasants right for being STUPID enough to buy a crappy Korean car in the first place.
        tump
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        You're very boringly predictable.
        yonomo200
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        I didn't even bother to read your comment. I just hit the thumbs down.
        Daniel D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        For goodness sake. Learn to troll. I swear you are actually getting worse. Isn't there someone you can ask for advice. A grand troll master or something?
      Charles
      • 5 Months Ago
      Another solution looking for a problem. If you drive the speed limit then there is no need.
        IBx27
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Charles
        Let's say the speed limit on a highway is 55mph, and there's a speed camera. If you drive 56mph when you pass it, you get a picture of your car and a $150 ticket in the mail. You're lying if you claim you don't drive one or two, or five over the limit on a highway.
          FuelToTheFire
          • 5 Months Ago
          @IBx27
          So then don't drive at 56 mphm if the limit is 55, then drive below 55 or pay through your nose. I drive slightly below the limit at all times and I enjoy swerving to cut off speeders, then swerving again to block them off as they try to go around me. If anything happens, I'll have an 8500 GWWR SUV around me to protect me, while the ignorant peasant commoner will be crushed in his tin can VW.
          clquake
          • 5 Months Ago
          @IBx27
          What you're doing is called blocking traffic, and by swerving, you are endangering everyone else. And you retarded Hummer isn't as safe as you think it is. New technologies and metals have made your idiot mobile yesterday's recycling scrap. Your 8500 GWWR penis substitute has zero stopping power, and in a rollover, you might as well just jump out, your chances of survival might be slightly better than getting decapitated.
      Stinkyboy
      • 5 Months Ago
      the US could ban vehicles with this feature due to loss of revenue.
        DavidG
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        I lived in Switzerland for 4 years. A full 30% of their road construction and improvement budget comes from speed camera revenue, and they plan future construction projects based on that projected revenue. What the Swiss do have over us is that the revenue at least goes towards beneficial transportation projects. I do not trust our elected officials in the United States to use the money in such a manner.
          DavidG
          • 5 Months Ago
          @DavidG
          I would have to say that it is more of a revenue generator. Speed camera locations were regularly announced over the radio on the local english speaking station, and in traffic everyone would slam on their brakes and then speed up again once past the camera. You can get an unlimited number of tickets for anything under 30 kilometers per hour over the limit without it affecting your driving record. Anything over that and they base the fine on your income and depending on the situation could lose your license. Speeding fines in the tens of thousands of dollars are not unheard for the wealthy.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        Crush the cars and put the owners in jail. Treat it like an illegal car. The same thing should also happen to Tesla owners in certain states. It is a CRIME in Texas and New Jersey to own an unfranchised manufacturer led dealer. Thus, the owners of the Telsas committed a CRIME by buying their weenie mobiles. Crush them all.
      dohc73
      • 5 Months Ago
      Sort of useless on a Genesis sedan. I think it would have made more sense on a Genesis coupe, Veloster, anything small and sporty that would tend to be driven at a brisker pace than a larger lujury seedan. But this is the first thing Hyundai has done that has made me applaud them nonetheless.
        jtav2002
        • 5 Months Ago
        @dohc73
        But it's available with the biggest engine they make, so does it really make that little sense?
          dohc73
          • 5 Months Ago
          @jtav2002
          Don't remember ever saying "little" sense. But sure, whatever you say.
      Richard Reed
      • 5 Months Ago
      I think this writer didn't do his homework. I live near Washington, DC and speed camera use is prolific here and throughout the northeastern US. Urban residents in many areas have been protesting their use at municipal and county government meetings. Speed Cam.eras are definitely not a rarity in the USA
        rsholland
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Richard Reed
        Washington DC, Baltimore, and many of the counties in Maryland use speed cameras. I absolutely hate driving in Montgomery County as speed cameras are EVERYWHERE. Howard County and many other locales use speed cameras around schools. Even tiny Snow Hill Maryland, on the very rural Eastern Shore of Maryland, has speed cameras!
          Whatamooseiam
          • 5 Months Ago
          @rsholland
          I live in Montgomery County, MD and I get about a ticket in the mail every few years, and I freaking live here and know where most cameras are. I'd hate to be a traveler not knowing where any of the cameras are (including the ones that get for a right rolling turn at a red light). You could potentially get a dozen tickets if you travel from one end of the county to the other.
          RocketRed
          • 5 Months Ago
          @rsholland
          NOVA seems to have fewer cameras. But DC and MD are lousy with them. The cameras are a cynical revenue raising ploy. MD has these cameras in 25mph zones on straight, open 4-lane roads in fancy areas of Northwest, which is nonsense. It seems that in poorer areas, if you have to make a right onto a 45mph road from a stop sign, tough luck. But I'm not against cameras in school zones per se and in closed residential areas. However, there should be officers there. And the limits there should be enforced always. I see people speeding like crazy in 25mph zones with school zone lights flashing. I enjoy a nice golf clap for the cops myself when I see someone pulled over in a school zone. The cops are literally standing on the median in a highlighter-color vest with a big radar gun, but people apparently can't see them, or the flashing lights. My wife got at ticket for 10-over in front of a notoriously policed school area, rather expensive for us but so it goes.
        FoxJ30
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Richard Reed
        The one at the start of I-395 about 1/4 mile from the New York Ave interchange heading into Arlington is the worst - it's a straight, open 4 lane highway with a 45mph speed limit! Getting a ticket for going 58 mph on a highway (which I've gotten) is ever so slightly ridiculous...
          FuelToTheFire
          • 5 Months Ago
          @FoxJ30
          If the posted limit is 45 mph, then anything faster is unsafe. Limits exist for a reason. Who the HELL do YOU are to challenge the limit? Ignorant peasant commoners like you shouldn't even be on the road.
          clquake
          • 5 Months Ago
          @FoxJ30
          Most limits exist to raise revenue. Studies have shown that most drivers will drive at whatever speed they believe is safe regardless of posted limits. And since 99% of those drivers are still alive, it means safety is not an issue and the speed limits are set artificially low, thus the only reason for the limit is revenue.
        Firefly
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Richard Reed
        Richard Reed, you are indeed correct as I live in Baltimore and it's unfathomable how many speed cameras are in use here as well.
      krudmuphin
      • 5 Months Ago
      This seems like a bad idea. Are we encouraging people to speed with no regard to speed cameras because their car will do the work for them? Just follow the rules and there shouldn't be a need for something like this.
        Casey Jensen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @krudmuphin
        Stop setting absurdly low speed limits just for revenue generation and there shouldn't be a need for something like this.
        PTC DAWG
        • 5 Months Ago
        @krudmuphin
        Seems the Police would like this, as it slows people down...but alas, that is not the reason for speed cameras radar etc, it is REVENUE
          FuelToTheFire
          • 5 Months Ago
          @PTC DAWG
          ;and what's the problem with that? If you are a danger on the roadsz then you either should be walking or you should be paying through your nose.
        Firefly
        • 5 Months Ago
        @krudmuphin
        "Are we encouraging people to speed with no regard to speed cameras because their car will do the work for them?" Cars do the work for them? You mean things such as Lane Departure Assist, Cruise Control, Parking Assist and Stability Control? Maybe we should just take those out as well for sh*ts and giggles, right?
      • 5 Months Ago
      haha its a great idea but surely we all stick to the speed limit dont we, so no need for it (roll eyes)
      Justin
      • 5 Months Ago
      It would be nice if they integrated radar/laser detection and gave an alert while slowing you down. Seems like that'd be fairly simple as it already displays the current speed limit on the instrument cluster and nav screen. Even if this was a dealer installed option it'd be great.
      PatrickH
      • 5 Months Ago
      There aren't a lot of speed cameras in the US b/c of you know, that piece of paper called the Constitution.
      Britt Benston
      • 5 Months Ago
      So it seems that governments will have to come up with higher tech revenue generators. I can see rooms full people at Hyundai, erupting in madcap laughter during the development of this system.
        Ron
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Britt Benston
        Really not a problem if you don't speed...
          IBx27
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Ron
          The cameras will get you for doing any speed over the limit. You're lying through your teeth if you don't drive one or two mph over the limit on any given day. Either that, or you're hated by everyone around you for driving 2mph *under* the limit.
      Spartan
      • 5 Months Ago
      Aftermarket Korean navigation systems have been doing this for years. It's not surprising to finally see this integrated into factory systems.
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