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Genesis of beating traffic cameras

Published:Sunday | August 31, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis.-Contributed

Hyundai to debut ticket-avoidance system

Taxi operators and bus drivers, in particular, but just about all motorists are likely to welcome wholeheartedly new technology that alerts drivers to roadside cameras, slowing down their vehicles in order to prevent the driver from being ticketed.

The technology is being developed by the South Korean multinational automobile maker Hyundai and is expected to save road users hefty speeding ticket fines, as well as enhance road safety. Car experts have given mostly positive response to the technology, which is likely to debut on the 2015 Hyundai Genesis.

Using cameras and radar sensors, the vehicle senses the cameras and applies the brakes automatically if the driver fails to do so.

The vehicle comes equipped with a preloaded GPS function, which is able to track the locations of roadside cameras that are likely to record speeding information. The car then alerts the driver that he is about to pass a camera and, when necessary, the brakes are applied automatically so the vehicle does not go over the local speed limit.

At this point, only a few select markets are expected to receive the technology, among them South Korea and Australia.

However, critics of this technology have argued that it is frivolous and a bad idea to help lawbreakers save money. There is an argument that it is a misuse of technology which will make roads more dangerous, as it helps to foster speeding on the road without the fear of ever getting caught.

On the other hand, roadside cameras are generally reviled by motorists, so the technology will naturally tend to be utilised in countries where it is legal.

- Chad Bryan