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April 26, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Satellites Issuing Speeding Tickets from Space?

Traffic authorities in the UK may start using satellites to issue tickets to speeding drivers all the way from outer space. How is this possible? According to The Telegraph, an American company based in New Hampshire called PIPS Technology has developed a system that uses two cameras on the ground and one satellite in orbit to catch speeders.

Satellites could track motorists from space if trials are successful. Image: AFT

This new technology is called “SpeedSpike” and it’s able to measure speed over long distances and figure out your average speed between two points. It works by capturing an image of your car tag by using its plate reading technology and a global positioning satellite receiver. If it catches you going faster than the speed limit it, reports you.

A new generation of speed cameras which use satellites to track average speeds over several miles are being secretly in trails in Britain. Image:

If you think a cloudy, rainy day or a dark night will save you from being captured by these satellites, you’re wrong. This system works when it’s dark and cloudy.

Currently, the SpeedSpike is being tested in the London area of Southwark and along the A374 between Torpoint and Antony in Cornwall. There are many ways the system could be used for other than speed enforcement. It could help eliminate rat runs, cut speeds outside schools and reduce the need for speed bumps.

Satellites—they’re not just for weather forecasting anymore.


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