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News: Swiss Police Unsure Where to Send Speeding Duck's Fine

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A bit of light entertainment for your Monday afternoon. Police in the Swiss town of Koniz are unsure where to send the fine after a speed camera caught a low-flying duck at 52kmh (32mph) in a 30kmh (19mph) zone. The incident took place earlier this month and the police force even posted the photo to their Facebook page.

"Faster than the police allowed: This duck was flying low at 52 km / h in the Tempo 30 zone in Oberwangen. And was promptly caught by the radar and flashed! It is unclear where the fine should be sent to because of too fast flying?
Photo: Police Inspectorate Köniz"


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Posted by maft on Monday, April 23 @ 11:06:53 EDT

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News: 14 Percent Speed In Absence Of Speed Cameras

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Fourteen percent speed when there are no speed cameras and apparently almost one in five of us speed when we're running late.

A new survey has also reported that over three out of four drivers that were questioned admit to speeding - five percent confess to speeding on every trip they make.

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Posted by rob brady on Monday, April 23 @ 09:14:58 EDT

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News: Dramatic Fatality Reduction

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The average speed cameras on the A9 Inverness and Dunblane road in Scotland are being lauded as a success. There had been a significant downturn in accidents and fatalities on the road.

Statistics reveal that 10 fewer people, a reduction from 24 to 14, were killed compared to the three years prior to the cameras' installation in November 2014 - a reduction of almost 40%.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, April 20 @ 09:27:45 EDT

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News: Uber Using 3D Modelling to Improve Urban GPS Accuracy

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An interesting article comes courtesy of The Verge. Whilst GPS location accuracy has improved in leaps and bounds one problem still remains, the so-called urban canyon where GPS signals are often blocked by high-rise buildings and there are not enough available satellite signals to provide an accurate location due to the signal 'shadows' these buildings create.

For most of us this won't cause a huge issue, if our satnav can get us to the right street then we're happy, but for Uber this inaccuracy can be a big issue, they need both their drivers and their customers to receive accurate location information. If an Uber is parked waiting on one corner but the Uber app shows him on another then there is a risk that a ride might be cancelled if the customers struggles to locate their driver using the Uber app.

Two Uber engineers, Andrew Irish and Danny Iland, both former PhD students at UC Santa Barbara, came up with a solution for this issue and their startup business, Shadow Maps was acquired by Uber in 2016.

In essence they use 3D models of a city combined with the limited satellite signal to calculate the true position of a vehicle and then adjust the location in the app in real-time.

Source: theverge.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, April 20 @ 04:40:25 EDT

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News: Garmin are Shutting Down Navigon Apps - Goodbye Navigon

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Navigon have announced that their navigation apps will be removed for Android and iOS app stores from 14th May after a strategic change from their owners at Garmin. Garmin purchased Navigon back in 2011 and have, during those years, kept them as two separate brands before ceasing releasing Navigon-branded hardware a few years ago.

Any purchased apps will continue working for at least two years but any subscriptions will stop working once they expire. In-app purchases and subscriptions will stop being available after 14th May.

I, personally, have enjoyed Navigon hardware and apps over the years and have fond memories of them as a company - I remember sitting through a press release at CeBit in German with Mike B because they decided at the last minute to change it from the scheduled English...

Thanks to forum user 'GT-UK' for the tip

For more information see the Navigon Website

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Posted by maft on Thursday, April 19 @ 16:37:48 EDT

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News: Speed Cameras: Fact vs Fiction

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We see a lot of discussion about speed cameras in our forums and I also, personally, see various snippets and comments across social media about them too. However, there seems to be quite a bit of misinformation so I thought it would be interesting to do a little fact check to see how well you know speed cameras and how the law applies to you and them.

What follows are a handful of quotes I've seen online about speed cameras, speeding fines NIPs etc along with some information as to their accuracy. Have a read and let us know if you've learnt anything new or have heard any other so-called 'facts' about speed cameras.

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Posted by maft on Wednesday, April 18 @ 09:58:30 EDT

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News: Man Caught Dismantling Speed Camera

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A man who tampered with a speed camera in Bendigo, south-east Australia, has been arrested.

He allegedly removed a part of the speed camera which was attached to a vehicle and placed it on its bonnet.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, April 18 @ 08:50:50 EDT

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News: Fake Camera Erected in Shropshire

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Speed cameras tend to get a bad press, but it may come as a surprise to some that a large percentage of the population support their use.

Take for instance the recent case of someone liking them so much that they went to the trouble of erecting a fake one - a yellow camera atop a yellow pole - on the A458 road through Cressage, a village in Shropshire.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, April 17 @ 11:05:56 EDT

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News: European Enforcement Initiative

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A week-long, Europe wide speed enforcement operation commenced yesterday.

Police forces across Europe have started a week-long speed enforcement operation where their officers will use a number of speed detection methods across all types of roads.

According to the organisers, the purpose of the operation is to raise awareness of the dangers of speeding, and to remind drivers of the benefits for all road users of driving at speeds that are both legal and appropriate.

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Posted by rob brady on Tuesday, April 17 @ 10:51:48 EDT

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News: Speed Camera Torched

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An arsonist targetted a speed camera in the Birmingham area last night. A tyre was placed over the fixed device in Wolverhampton Road, Brandhall and set alight.

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Posted by rob brady on Friday, April 13 @ 05:58:59 EDT

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News: TomTom sees future in autonomous vehicles

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Despite the endless news coverage, self-driving cars are not going to be an everyday sight on our streets just yet. There’s a long way to go in developing the technology required and TomTom is investing heavily in developing the high definition maps that these vehicles will require.

As personal navigation device sales continue to decline, TomTom is looking to place itself at the core of autonomous vehicles and its background in map data gives it a head start albeit facing stiff competition from HERE and Google.

TomTom's concept is RoadDNA. This innovation provides precise lateral and longitudinal positioning using LIDAR data to efficiently determine a vehicles position

Trucks equipped with software and maps from TomTom that will automatically adjust speed when they approach a curve or hill climb are expected later this year. Initially aimed at reducing fuel consumption, the technology will form part of that required for self-driving vehicles in the future, where that will be.

Source: www.tomtom.com

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, April 13 @ 04:36:46 EDT

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News: India successfully launches navigation satellite

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The India Space Research Organisation (ISNRO) successfully launched their IRNSS-1I navigation satellite yesterday.

Launching from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh atop the PSLV-C41 launch vehicle, IRNSS-1I is the eighth satellite in the IRNSS program. This launch marked the 43rd flight of the PSLV-C41. After a flight lasting 19 mins the 1425kg satellite reached its sub-geosynchronous orbit and separated from the PSLV.

IRNSS-1I is now the latest member of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in and around the Indian mainland.

Source: www.isro.gov.in

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, April 13 @ 04:20:01 EDT

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News: Speed Tickets Issued To Parked Cars

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It has been reported that speed tickets have been issued to parked cars in New Orleans since 2011.

When a speeding car passes certain cameras, vehicles that just happen to be parked within said camera's vision, sometimes get ticketed instead.

One man, Donald Schultz, has had it happen 11 times outside his home.

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Posted by rob brady on Wednesday, April 11 @ 06:46:45 EDT

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News: City Sold Millions Of Dollars Of Speed Cameras For Peanuts

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The city of Baltimore in Maryland bought speed cameras for $2.2 million back in 2013, but their investment didn't turn out quite as they may have expected.

The cameras were decommissioned after concerns about their accuracy. This left the city with a lot of hardware to dispose of, including 83 portable cameras.

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Posted by rob brady on Sunday, April 08 @ 08:08:30 EDT

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News: British family killed in Florida after satnav U-Turn

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US Police investigators now suspect the British family, killed in a horrific crash in Florida on Monday, may had made an illegal U-Turn on the Highway after following guidance from a satnav.

The Bristol family, Adam Stephenson, Brian Stephenson, Maryanne Stephenson and Sheralyn Stephenson were all killed in the crash as they returned from the Kennedy Space Centre when their rental Mitsubishi car turned into the path of a Ford pickup truck.

The driver of the Ford suffered "non life-threatening injuries", Police said.

An Foreign Office spokesman said "We are supporting the family of four British people who have died in Florida. Our thoughts are with them at this deeply difficult time."

Source: Huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Posted by Darren Griffin on Friday, April 06 @ 03:51:51 EDT

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