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From: email@example.com (Bill Sloman)
Subject: Re: Defeating Breathalyzer Ignition Interlocks
Date: 7 Jan 2003 09:05:53 -0800
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John Woodgate wrote in message news:...
> I read in sci.electronics.design that Bill Sloman
> wrote (in ) about 'Defeating Breathalyzer
> Ignition Interlocks', on Tue, 7 Jan 2003:
> >Could you come up with an image analysis system that could detect and
> >document "careless driving" in the same sort of way? The authorities would
> >absolutely love the extra revenue and you could become very rich ...
> We already have that - cameras everywhere, including in police cars. And
> indeed, the TV people pay handsomely for the recordings.
> Except, of course, for those tapes of miscreants travelling at 37 mph on
> straight, level roads in bright sunshine.
That is careless driving, and deserves to be punished. What I was
asking for was a system that could detect the more dangerous forms of
careless driving automatically.
You may well be right about the volume of images available, but nobody
is analysing them systematically for the sort of behaviour that causes
accidents and really ought to be discouraged before it causes an
The great virtue of the radar controlled cameras with automatic
registration number detection built-in is that they automate the
detection of the speeding offenses - I'm sure your speeding fines and
mine reach us untouched by human hands. The police could have done it
by hand years ago - and did, every now and then - but the job is just
too boring. Human beings just can't to generate enough fines to modify
the behavour of the malleable majority without going nuts in the
Image analysis software that could detect more complicated forms of
bad driving could winkle out the really dangerous drivers .... it
ought to be an interesting challenge.
For a real challenge, there is always the problem of detecting
pick-pockets at work in crowds.
Bill Sloman, Nijmegen
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