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vehicular wire

government leases your car as another pair of eyes on the road
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A hardware solution that contains a camera, computer, cellphone modem and radar gun that can be bolt to any private individual's car. The owner is subject to vetting. Probably the equivalent of a high processing cellular phone with speed radar capabilities.

The private individual would get a monthly payment for the use of their vehicular space. The traffic law enforcement authority would have mobile speed cameras checking areas the thinly populated officers could not cover.

If the software was sophisticated enough bad driving habits could also be caught on camera and uploaded. If caught in a crash, the data recorded would be a good source of facts.

Driving habits of the population would slowly change because you are not quite sure whether your fellow travellers are automatically dobbing you in. Of course the hardware carriers would have to watch the bad practises and get angry while taking avoidance measures.

wjt, Jun 03 2010

The Big Brother Award http://www.bigbrotherawards.org/
[MikeD, Jun 04 2010]

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       sp: habits.   

       I dunno about this. I suspect we'd turn into a bunch of vigilantes.
RayfordSteele, Jun 04 2010
  

       I reserve the right to speed when there are no cops around. And I'm 1/2 kidding.   

       Overbearing, unnecessary, complicated, expensive, not very usefull. [-]
DIYMatt, Jun 04 2010
  

       Possibly the unit could be used as a mobile data sampling node on traffic counts, road usage and weather conditions.
wjt, Jun 04 2010
  

       I hereby nominate [wjt].   

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       and [-].
MikeD, Jun 04 2010
  

       down with big brother! [-]
Voice, Jun 04 2010
  

       Possibly the unit could record good driving behaviour so Big Brother's higher order of wisdom can be used to hand out rewards.   

       Those 'you have won' letters could be true, admittedly at a smaller amount.
wjt, Jun 05 2010
  
      
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