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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-16-2006, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Speeding Be Gone.

Speeding be gone! System monitors signs, alerts driver

Big Brother is slowly moving behind the wheel of our cars and we appear to be only a few short steps away from losing control of our driving all together. There are groups of respected motorists who have advocated abolishing speed limits all together, insisting that traffic speeds are self-regulating and better controlled by nature and natural selection. But there are definitely times when we would gladly give up a tiny bit of control if it meant keeping traffic congestion from getting out of hand. Automated cars have been tested and with manual overrides can actually be pretty effective in certain situations. Buick's automated highway experiment a decade ago and the countless adaptive cruise control systems on the market today show how useful electronics can be for traffic flow and safety. And now we have a system developed by Siemens VDO that could potentially keep any car cruising along at the posted speed limit so drivers can concentrate on their cell phones well driving, like they should be. (Sarcasm, of course)

Siemens VDO has developed a Traffic Sign Recognition system that will alert drivers if they're driving too fast. A camera will monitor the road ahead for speed limits on traffic signs. As the camera recognizes posted speeds, the information is processed and the driver warned if they are speeding. Not much of a leap to envision this system automatically slowing you down if you don't do it yourself, or even never allowing the vehicle to exceed that posted limit.

If that sounds a bit scary, it probably should. And Siemens VDO predicts it might be here before you know it. Production of this speed monitor system could start in less than two years. A similar system for educational institutions has been under development for some time now, but Siemens sees the automotive industry as a larger force towards getting the system to market. We have as much respect for the law as the next Bullrunner driver, but there are clearly times when speeding can be necessary, such as accident avoidance or to outrun a dangerous situation. So hopefully the system can be configured to allow some variance or be overridden completely when necessary.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-16-2006, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Speeding Be Gone.

THis sucks.* I was just getting ready to by a Ferrari!*

No speeding? Like a bird with clipped wings!
Might as well lock me up in a bird cage
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Re: Speeding Be Gone.

Looks like we may as well just start getting in to model cars since the future looks grayer and grayer...


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Re: Speeding Be Gone.

Just print out a label that says "Speed Limit: 200" and post it over the lens on the camera. Done.


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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-17-2006, 07:58 AM
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How the hell is a sign going to make me slow down? Last time I checked I controled my car and would avoid buying one that could be controlled by others, I'd maybe lease it and crash it into the sign.

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-17-2006, 01:45 PM
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Re: Speeding Be Gone.

id be to dangerous to have a car that was controlled by outward forces on the speed.

ppl know that sometimes in emergencies you have to speed up to get out of the way of other ppl before you get in a serious accident or things like that.

a sign that makes you slow down will then have been the cause of the accident and maybe even death.
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Yeah I doubt we will ever see a system that controls your speed unless it is under an automatic vehicle pilot. Under manual vehicle control I don't see that ever being implemented (as it would not be safe). I also always see vehicles having some sort of manual control. What if you are driving a gravel or dirt back road or something similar? That is not something that a computer can easily control. Same thing with just driving through an empty field.
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Never going to happen. I think that all lights should have those camera that catch people going through red lights.
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Re: Speeding Be Gone.

You take that back.

I hate red light cameras. Not because I run red lights, but because I get scared of them and I don't know what to do when it's yellow.


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Ha Ha yeah I still go when its yellow but I have never seen so many people go through red lights in san antonio. I am not talking about it being yellow then red. I am talking about it being red then going trhough it like 2 seconds later.
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