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The Car That Knew Too Much

The Car That Knew Too MuchComing soon to a car lot near you: an automobile designed to beat a speeding camera.

The new Hyundai Genesis has built-in sensors that detect speed cameras from distances of up to 2,600 feet. If it senses a camera and you are speeding, an alarm beeps and a computer reminds you of the posted speed limit. If the car doesn't slow down, the computer automatically applies the brakes before the car reaches the camera.

The car is set to debut in Australia later this year. The speed trap technology won't initially be available in America, but rollout is planned for a future date.

The Genesis may pose an interesting legal question, once it's introduced in California with the anti-speeding camera sensor. VC 28150 seems to be the applicable law. This statute prohibits some kinds of radar and laser jamming devices. It's important to note that the law doesn't apply to ordinary radar detectors. These and other similar devices are legal in Lamont and Shafter. The theory is that radar detectors cause people to slow down, which is (supposedly) the point of having a speeding law in the first place.

So far, so good for the Genesis. However, there will also doubtlessly be concerns about a car that automatically slows down. We all know that accidents can be caused by people braking when they see a police officer and causing a chain reaction that results in a collision. What about a car that automatically slows down?

Regardless, with state working harder every day to use technology that impedes people's efficient travel to and from work in Bakersfield and the surrounding area, the technology of the private sector to prevent tickets will continue to increase as well.