New Technology Nails Speeders From Space

Civil liberties group slams 'SpeedSpike'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2010 4:01 AM CDT
New Technology Nails Speeders From Space
The 'SpeedSpike' system currently being tested in parts of Britain uses GPS to catch speeding drivers.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Forget about trying to spot this speed trap: British authorities are testing new technology that uses satellites to catch speeders. The system combines license-plate-reading technology with a GPS system to calculate a vehicle's average speed between two points. The makers of the "SpeedSpike" system say it could reduce the need even for speed bumps on smaller roads, although civil rights groups say it's another example of Britain's ever-expanding state surveillance, the Telegraph notes.
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