SPEEDING motorists captured by new infra-red digital speed cameras will escape fines – but only for the time being.
The infra-red speed camera on the front of the car. Picture: BRYAN LITTLELY
The cameras are being tested by SA Police to determine if they will replace existing cameras which use radar and photographic film. The cameras are positioned on the front of cars rather than inside or on tripods. Assistant Commissioner Grant Stevens said motorists caught speeding by the cameras could not be penalised as they were only being trialled. "SAPOL is currently conducting an evaluation for the replacement of speed cameras," he said. "As part of the evaluation, field trials are being conducted to test varying detection type cameras against the tender specifications. The field trials will continue until late September when final evaluation will be undertaken and a replacement camera model for the current speed cameras will be announced." The decision by SA Police to change speed cameras comes after the Australian Crime Commission's call for police to use cameras similar to those which help track suspected terrorists in the United Kingdom. The ACC wants automatic number plate recognition technology to be used by all Australian law enforcement agencies. The cameras can scan one number plate each second on cars doing up to 160km/h in traffic. The ACC would use the technology to track the whereabouts of known criminals and the movement of stolen vehicles. source: http://www.news.com.au/
Becker announced an extra wide GPS navigation system at IFA 2007 in Berlin. Called Becker Traffic Assist 7928 the device has a 4.8″ touch screen - which is unusual for a sat nav system.
Inside Becker 7928 you’ll find a 400 MHz-processor and a SiRF Star III chipset which is normal. However, the new device has 128MB of RAM which is twice what other manufacturers offer. Of course a device named ‘traffic assist’ also features RDS/TMC receiver to get live traffic information and thanks to the bluetooth feature you can take calls handsfree provided you have a bluetooth enabled phone.
Becker comes with Navteq maps that cover 37 European countries - which fits on a 2 GB SD card, which also contains some 3D renderings of famous landmarks in some select countries
Route66 introduced a new wide screen GPS navigation system recently called the Route66 MAXI. Route66 MAXI is a very ‘European’ sat nav device - supporting 14 languages and maps for all of Western and Northern Europe.
Route66 MAXI has a nice set of features such as high-def maps, built-in TMC traffic receiver, lane assist, and MP3 player. There are a few freebies too - for example free safety camera alerts and free map updates until the end of 2008. With an optional wireless car kit you can get handsfree calling, FM stereo transmitter, auto-charge and auto-switch day and night sensor.
You can get your hands on the new Route66 MAXI for €300.
Navman introduced is Navman S70. Navman S70 will come with maps of Western Europe which covers over 6 million miles of streets throughout 21 European countries.
It is also traffic information compatible which will attempt to keep you out of traffic jams. Like other mid to high end GPS navigation system Navman S70 also offers bluetooth connectivity in case you have plans for pairing up your phone with your sat nav device.
Navman S70 has a 4.3″ touchscreen, offers a free trial for safety camera locations, and has the ability to navigate to pictures using NavPix software. However S70 lacks an onboard digital camera. It will soon start shipping and will cost £200.