Originally Posted by 2door
.... a prototype of a system that would read bar codes painted on highways. ... but it would register/record whenever the vehicle exceeded the posted speed limit. .... law enforcement person could ..... write speeding tickets based on any violations recorded. ....... I'm all for enforcing traffic laws but allowing technology to do it is just downright George Orwell stuff. .........leave the robots to space exploration.
Actually, Tom, I can't bring myself to agree.
And it's not like I'm a fan of the police state, by any means.
But driver misbehavior is beyond out-of-control. It's reached the point of being downright contemptuous of civility. Those who have insisted on making our roads seem like a scene from "Rollerball' have become numerous enough that 20th century style law enforcement is not up to the task. Maybe it could have been done if they'd tried harder. But it's too late now.
But if the cars themselves become the stool pigeons, then we have hope. That is, if law enforcement doesn't look the other way. Again.
I'm ambivalent about collision avoidance technology. I'm afraid it'll give drivers more excuse to be negligent. And they'll happily take all the excuse that they can find. But this same technology might force the cars themselves to behave in spite of it's driver. That seems like a decent hope.
Before I start ranting, I'll just close by saying that I take a very dim view of the average auto owner/operator. I think they've been begging for some sort of come-uppance.