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April 22, 2010

Satellites to issue speeding tickets from space

Posted: 03:14 PM ET

From our content partner Mashable:

UK drivers had better stay under that speed limit, because the traffic authorities are watching… from outer space. According to The Telegraph, an American company called PIPS Technology has developed a system that uses two cameras on the ground and one mounted on a satellite in orbit to catch speeders.

The system - called “SpeedSpike” - figures your average speed between two points, captures an image of your license plate and reports you if you’re going faster than the law allows. Oh, and if you’re hoping Great Britain’s notoriously gray weather will save you, you’re out of luck; the system works even when it’s cloudy or dark.

SpeedSpike will be tested in two places: the London borough of Southwark, and along the A374 between Torpoint and Anthony in Cornwall. If the trial is successful, the tech may be used to enforce speed limits near schools, to reduce the need for speed bumps, and for “main road enforcement for traffic reduction.”

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Jorge   April 22nd, 2010 3:35 pm ET

Really? I mean, REALLY!? C'mon!


Saint   April 22nd, 2010 3:37 pm ET

If the British don't mind the government going completely Orwellian, there's there prerogative, but this seems fairly dangerous.


Angelo   April 22nd, 2010 3:44 pm ET

True Evil


CJ   April 22nd, 2010 3:46 pm ET

Wow, why not just put in a freaking wireless system that gives the speed limit to the car for your GPS location. Then make the car unable to go faster than that. I mean a Satellite to watch for speeders, REFREAKINGDONKULOUS!


RIchP Pa   April 22nd, 2010 4:00 pm ET

Wow, another source of income for the government, great idea.


Vignesh   April 22nd, 2010 4:05 pm ET

Freedom > Security.

If not then we can live like 1984 or in a padded cell.


Mike C   April 22nd, 2010 4:13 pm ET

It won't work when it's cloudy, which is most of the time in Britain. They should have thought of that before springing the bucks on the satellite. But seriously, whoever even thought of this level of monitoring is a piece of work.


Sency   April 22nd, 2010 4:14 pm ET

this is a great idea. It will improve safety on the road which is important

http://www.sency.com/satellites-speed.htm


Full Stomach   April 22nd, 2010 4:19 pm ET

Speeders > World Hunger = Priorities?


Franko   April 22nd, 2010 4:26 pm ET

To save the planet, issue a ticket - Hidden toilet cams coming soon ? - "the concept of one sheet of toilet paper per person per visit could actually work and thus reduce global warming"


Markus   April 22nd, 2010 4:28 pm ET

"to reduce the need for speed bumps"

Seriously? Isnt there other stuff in the world we should be trying to reduce?" What a bunch of morons.


Franko   April 22nd, 2010 4:46 pm ET

Speed bumps increase fuel consumption
Satellite monitoring provides green technology jobs, saves the planet.


Makeapound   April 22nd, 2010 4:46 pm ET

Ok that's just rubbish if you have 2 cameras and you know the distance between them you can work out the speed of the car by how long it takes to go from one camera to the next why have a Satellite!!!!!!!!

Some thing fishy about this story.


MartinM   April 22nd, 2010 5:21 pm ET

US Congress won't need satellites....what do you think the I-Pass and other open-road tollways trackers are for or the various proposals to track miles driven so a non-gas, gas tax can be enforced. We have been slowly handing over our rights and responsiblies to the government and Big Brother for decades here in the US.


Robby   April 22nd, 2010 5:21 pm ET

Wow... really... I mean seriously!?!?!?


Phil   April 22nd, 2010 5:21 pm ET

Good god!!
I liked to be kissed when I get F@#*ed
Get me out of this sh@%ty country


Alex   April 22nd, 2010 5:21 pm ET

kinda scary – is this really one of the biggest problems facing the UK?


Bill   April 22nd, 2010 5:22 pm ET

Sniff, sniff. Smells like BS. Totally.


Tom   April 22nd, 2010 5:24 pm ET

Sounds like Rip Van Winkle overslept again.
April Fools was three weeks ago.


Donald Foster   April 22nd, 2010 5:24 pm ET

you can't be serious. is speeding really that freakin pervasive? or important an issue that you need a satellite!? such a waste of energy nad resources.


Mike   April 22nd, 2010 5:25 pm ET

Sounds like the beginning of an Orwellian nightmare!
Glad I don't live there no more.


rheitzm   April 22nd, 2010 5:26 pm ET

Anyone who thinks this is a good idea is an idiot. Next thing you know the satelites are looking into your house.


Is the UK that broke?   April 22nd, 2010 5:27 pm ET

[...] UK drivers had better stay under that speed limit, because the traffic authorities are watching… from outer space. According to The Telegraph, an American company called PIPS Technology has developed a system that uses two cameras on the ground and one mounted on a satellite in orbit to catch speeders. The system – called “SpeedSpike” – figures your average speed between two points, captures an image of your license plate and reports you if you’re going faster than the law allows. Oh, and if you’re hoping Great Britain’s notoriously gray weather will save you, you’re out of luck; the system works even when it’s cloudy or dark. SpeedSpike will be tested in two places: the London borough of Southwark, and along the A374 between Torpoint and Anthony in Cornwall. If the trial is successful, the tech may be used to enforce speed limits near schools, to reduce the need for speed bumps, and for “main road enforcement for traffic reduction.” Satellites to issue speeding tickets from space – SciTechBlog – CNN.com Blogs [...]


Bill   April 22nd, 2010 5:27 pm ET

There are ways this could be accomplished, but certainly NOT in the manner described. Two ground mounted cameras a fixed distance apart could recognize your car license plate at the two different locations and calculate how much time it took you to go the distance and could issue you a ticket based upon that information. THERE IS NO SYSTEM AVAILABLE THAT CAN READ LICENSE PLATES FROM SATELLITES. And the system I described would actually work at night and in bad weather. There are just so many things wrong with this story. Including the look down angles, etc.


mikewalsh   April 22nd, 2010 5:27 pm ET

Oh how I long for the good old days and how I only wish it was still 1984.


Chris   April 22nd, 2010 5:28 pm ET

The MAN is watching you.


joy   April 22nd, 2010 5:28 pm ET

jolly good show. Now...what is really happening. Does Dr. Who know about this?


Travis   April 22nd, 2010 5:30 pm ET

Justice for profit!!! Whoo-hoo. Capitalism at it's finest.


Mmad   April 22nd, 2010 5:30 pm ET

The satellite will be paid off in no time with all the tickets issued.


doofus   April 22nd, 2010 5:31 pm ET

why don't we ban all automobiles that are capable of exceeding the speedlimit. oh...that'd be all of 'em...


Jon King   April 22nd, 2010 5:32 pm ET

All speed cameras should be illegal. If you lend someone your car you are liable for them speeding. Unless the actual driver can be identified by a police officer, the tickets should be voided.


Michael Daily   April 22nd, 2010 5:32 pm ET

Automated enforcement is only fair if your fine is reduced accordingly, and the speed limit is raised. The current speed limit and fine system reflect the probability of getting caught if you speed, plus the amount of grace over the limit cops will allow you.


Kevin   April 22nd, 2010 5:32 pm ET

Mashable/CNN...get your facts straight. You are not representing the details of the system accurately. Event the Telegraphy article only indicate two GROUND level camera and a GPS receiver (not a satellite mounted camera!). If you knew anything about satellite based remote sensing technologies, you would know that the orbital characteristics of low earth orbiting satellites make a satellite mounted camera NOT workable, not to mention the resolution and view angle limitations...get it right.....


Bill   April 22nd, 2010 5:33 pm ET

I just read the technical specs on this thing. It works as I described. The two cameras are ground based a known distance apart and can read your license plate. The satellite is only used because it uses an extremely accurate clock that can be referenced by all the systems. It is the common timebase. THERE ARE NO CAMERAS ON THE SATELLITE.

TERRIBLE JOB OF REPORTING AND RESEARCH. TERRIBLE


Oleg   April 22nd, 2010 5:33 pm ET

April fools!


saywhat   April 22nd, 2010 5:33 pm ET

Satelittes=green jobs? How much carbon do you think is ejected from a rocket to lift it into space and the space flights to maintain it? You can't just think about the end result, you have to consider the steps to get it there!


dc   April 22nd, 2010 5:37 pm ET

All this technology and we STILL can't find Osama Bin Laden!!!


nomatter   April 22nd, 2010 5:38 pm ET

seriously this is what the tax dollars go to, i totally see how that's worth what i'm sure is millions of dollars. retarted


BrickellPrincess   April 22nd, 2010 5:39 pm ET

WOW! Too cool! Deploy it over Miami, Florida to catch all the stupid drivers.


bobb   April 22nd, 2010 5:39 pm ET

nice. I like this idea. No average driver has any reason to be speeding putting their lives and the lives of others at risk. This reinforces the understanding that driving is a privilege, not a right.


Dylan   April 22nd, 2010 5:40 pm ET

It won't be a average between the camera's, the camera will start the track and record who you are then the sattelite will track your car and issue a ticket if you speed at any time, before it loses a good lock on your car, likely between a fixed area though.

It'll likely be using a radar system rather than visual to track the car.

Geo Stationary is to far out though, so it'll only work when a sattelite is directly over head.

Could be total bull.

But if you've got 2 fixed points with cameras then you don't need a sattelite they already do speeding fines like this, but you can do 80mph for a stretch then do 40mph for the same time and bring your average back to 60 easy enough.


Kyle   April 22nd, 2010 5:40 pm ET

This story is misleading at best. The satellite used are the standard GPS satellites and only used to provide time information to ground-based cameras. Unfortunate sensationalism.


Justin   April 22nd, 2010 5:40 pm ET

Another example of big brother's grasp tightening, at least we don't have the same intrusive cameras in the U.S. that they have over there. I for one would refuse to pay such a ticket.


Martin   April 22nd, 2010 5:41 pm ET

As big brother continues to encroach on our freedoms at the expense of the taxpayers, one can only think that these citizens will draw a line and say they have had enough. While some will say its a good idea and let the government have their way others will revolt somehow, perhaps the invention of devices to counter big brother or perhaps they will change the government at the polls.


TJH   April 22nd, 2010 5:41 pm ET

No camera will be used in space; have you seen the cost of putting a new satellite into orbit? Prohibitive for this application. The 2 cameras on the ground will use GPS receivers to synchronize their time clocks, so you can't claim unsync-ed clocks caused you to get an invalid citation. The "space camera" crap is simply shoddy reporting by CNN/Mashable.


Dude   April 22nd, 2010 5:42 pm ET

In Norway this is done by several ground cameras. They calculate the average speed. No need for satellites. The technology is ready to use, but the government has not yet put it to work.


En Fuego   April 22nd, 2010 5:42 pm ET

I'm sure priests will be the exception to these as well.


elitesack   April 22nd, 2010 5:43 pm ET

This was made by an American company and is being tested in England???? Why is that. They dont seem to be very honest.


Marko   April 22nd, 2010 5:43 pm ET

....and people are worried public healthcare is taking their freedoms away. This is so right out of the 1984 book. So Big Brother. A huge chunk of individual freedoms just broke off that satellite, feel towards earth and burnt up in the atmosphere. This needs to go to the highest court in any land immediately. What's next they will be watching for? Don't rip that label off of your mattress, or you will get a letter in the mail asking for your money.


brett   April 22nd, 2010 5:43 pm ET

oh come on....if you don't want a ticket, dont speed. really, is that so hard for everyone.


Kevin   April 22nd, 2010 5:45 pm ET

Lets do the math, shall we?... A handful of speedbumps at aprox $1500(us) each vs a $120 million satellite....(plus cost to launch)
This has "corrupt political kick-back" written all over it.


Phil   April 22nd, 2010 5:47 pm ET

No April's Fools...Welcome to the UNITED KINGDOM!!!
They even charge you here for farting in the street lmao


Marko   April 22nd, 2010 5:47 pm ET

Hey maybe the money from these tickets can go towards the bonuses for the Wall Streeters!!! I wonder if they are betting that it will succeed or fail???? Maybe both ways.


Jesse   April 22nd, 2010 5:49 pm ET

I wonder if people realize just how much junk we've left in space. Do we really need to send up another satellite for a purpose as stupid as this?


tricia   April 22nd, 2010 5:50 pm ET

liberty > safety

big brother is watching from space now


JC   April 22nd, 2010 5:50 pm ET

"And the truth is... there is something very wrong with this country..."
If you Brits don't rise up and take back your country, you soon won't have anything left . I am disgusted by this obvious obviation of responsibility and security. I would think that a logical defense would be to challenge the satellite to demonstrate the exact time at which the infraction began, and the exact time at which it terminated. If they were to try this sort of thing here in the states, I would begin cleaning my firearms.


Phil   April 22nd, 2010 5:52 pm ET

Alex Jones says it all............. google him folks


Charles   April 22nd, 2010 5:53 pm ET

The UK has really gone bonkers. They kneel and kiss the *** of Muslims, and are being over run by them. They have more cameras spying on the public then any other country in the world, and now this. This certainly is not the country that values freedom and almost by itself defeated Hitler. How far they have fallen.


TF88   April 22nd, 2010 5:54 pm ET

You know, the speedometers in cars are not even accurate. So how is this a good idea?


Paul   April 22nd, 2010 5:54 pm ET

Why such an elaborate system when the car knows? Guess it must be operating under "don't ask – don't tell";)


Alf   April 22nd, 2010 5:55 pm ET

Another good reason to walk to the pub, and crawl back home.


Antriad   April 22nd, 2010 5:56 pm ET

It's absolutely insane to think they're going to have one satellite up there for every single point they wish to monitor. Just one should be able to handle hundreds or thousands of individual locations, and the satellites themselves seem to be mostly for the purposes of communications, not actually monitoring your speed.

If you're afraid you're going to be more likely to get a speeding ticket now, here's some free advice: Don't speed.


Walter   April 22nd, 2010 5:56 pm ET

This is really pretty cheap. You just need two GPS enable cameras; $60 US each. Just google "GPS Camera" and you can see all the ones for sale. No satellite costs are involved. There will have to be some data processing afterwards to determine who was over the speed.


brett   April 22nd, 2010 5:57 pm ET

Everyone here is talking about the decline of liberty...etc. Fact is, liberty always is countered by public safety, and speeding laws are there to protect public safety. I can't vouch for the cost, but the concept doesn't bother me at all. otherwise everyone will just continue to speed until some kid is hit, and then people will wonder "what can we do to stop speeders." Everyone thinks whatever meeting they are going to is more important than the child or parent they kill in an attempt to get therer 30 seconds earlier. Relax, follow the limits. your kid could be the one it saves.


knghtshingrmour   April 22nd, 2010 5:58 pm ET

Wow, we can ticket speeders from space but we can not find an original copy of a birth certificate


George Waddy   April 22nd, 2010 5:58 pm ET

So much for liberty. This is a terrible thing. Soon a satellite will issue parking tickets or check your movements if you call in sick to work.


Sam   April 22nd, 2010 5:59 pm ET

Talk about "The Matrix has you"...


Darrel   April 22nd, 2010 5:59 pm ET

Completely ridiculous. This is hardly money well spent


Greg Ebert   April 22nd, 2010 6:00 pm ET

I doubt the satellite is used for imaging the vehicle; it's probably just part of the data-link between the cameras and the agency that prepares the speeding ticket.

I also doubt that images with enough quality to ID a license plate from orbit can be generated in cloudy weather,


Mohin   April 22nd, 2010 6:00 pm ET

They have this technology and all they thought of was speeding tick??
C'mon now...Use it to stop crime, keep an eye on people's safety.
Find wanted criminals!


jadkins17   April 22nd, 2010 6:01 pm ET

It's not true, it's hype! This is a global scare tactic to try and get people to slow down. It would take about a billion tickets to re-pay the expense of a system like this. Why else would they "advertise" it in the US?


Sammy   April 22nd, 2010 6:01 pm ET

I have to wonder if the cost of sending a satellite into orbit can really be offset by even A LOT of tickets?! Seems extreme to say the least. Is speeding really that big of a problem? Wouldn't it be cheaper and more cost effective over time to hire more police officers?


SoS   April 22nd, 2010 6:03 pm ET

I really don't see what the problem is. This is nothing more and an advanced traffic camera, only it's in space and more expensive. Planes are sometimes used for the exact same thing here in the US.

I can see great possibilities for this to be expanded to monitor traffic pretty much anywhere with the use of additional satellites and cameras. It will also make radar detectors ineffective since people won't be able to tell when they are getting close to a patrol car lying in wait with a radar gun.

I have a feeling the people complaining about this are the same ones who complained when traffic cameras were first introduced. They are also most ikely the people who are prone to speed.

Don't speed and you won't have a problem.


James   April 22nd, 2010 6:07 pm ET

At first I thought "G-D D–n traffic Nazi's".

Then I thought "Wait what is the speed limit on the Autobahnen in Germany?"

Finally, I thought "well if they'd won the war at least we could drive in peace"


Brad   April 22nd, 2010 6:07 pm ET

Hmm...sounds like the U.K. is on the way to V for Vendetta.


Brook   April 22nd, 2010 6:09 pm ET

LAME!!! Talk about big brother watching.......that is really scary.


Brandon   April 22nd, 2010 6:09 pm ET

All you need to do is envelop your entire vehicle with aluminum foil and you'll be good to go. A little epoxy to secure it... dont smooth with a roller though, you need the imperfections to deflect signals in various directions.


Warren   April 22nd, 2010 6:10 pm ET

Maybe Orwell was just a few decades off...


Rick   April 22nd, 2010 6:20 pm ET

Why not use this technology to intercept abducted children or criminals fleeing the scene of a crime? I can think of many better uses where this should be used.


Richard   April 22nd, 2010 6:21 pm ET

I'm an attorney, and this freaks me out. But hey, guess what. This is just the beginning! 'Might as well get in line for your RFID's right now.


FreedomLover   April 22nd, 2010 6:21 pm ET

Wow this is so liberating!!! As is I am free now this just adds to more shackles to my freedom.

You know what some of the 3rd world countries may have a crappy government but at least their government downt play big brother and give you ample breath space.


DAN   April 22nd, 2010 6:26 pm ET

SATELLITES CAN DO ANYTHING PEOPLE!!! THEY BEEN ABLE TO LOOK ANYWHERE FOR AWHILE NOW WELCOME TO THE FUTURE.


JoJo   April 22nd, 2010 6:29 pm ET

If I contest the speeding ticket, who do I sue?.


JOE   April 22nd, 2010 6:29 pm ET

wow, so many people upset that they wont be able to break the law anymore. driving is a privlige, not a right. you wanna go faster than the speed limit, then pay the fine.

sidenote: I am against this tech being used to monitor people in there homes, private property, ect. but just becouse it CAN be used that way, dosent mean it will, so lets not try to deem it evil by what it *could* do.


Don Dickerson   April 22nd, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Well, not only does this suck for the Brits (I'm really sorry some disgusting turds over here created this, folks.), but their government, like ours appears to be out of control. I can't type what I want to here, as it would be censored, but as long as any government does not fear the citizenry, the government does what it wants. This sort of thing is why we have domestic terrorists – the government fails to understand who issues the orders, and who follows them. We, the people, DO NOT follow orders from the government.


Tony   April 22nd, 2010 6:35 pm ET

OK, finally we will be able to get Osama bin Laden– or NOT?


JeG   April 22nd, 2010 6:36 pm ET

This is such an unbelievable invasion of people's rights. If the cops dont catch you speeding, than they dont, period.


Carolyn   April 22nd, 2010 6:41 pm ET

The police in the UK must have a bigger operating budget than the poor, underpaid police/police departments here in the US.


Jerry   April 22nd, 2010 6:43 pm ET

Those poor Brits .. they are the most camera based society in the world already. I think I'd just alter my plate there with some tape like making my 3 into an 8 etc and see if they can figure it out. Govt's are so desperate for money anymore they trample freedoms in the name of safety to create revenue.


CZ   April 22nd, 2010 6:45 pm ET

I am sure using a satellite is so much cheaper than speed bumps or traffic cops. Seriously? Yuk.


victor   April 22nd, 2010 6:45 pm ET

Bill: have you ever heard of the Keyhole series satellites..you might want to do some research on this


Don   April 22nd, 2010 6:46 pm ET

Speeding isnt the issue, how can people not find this crazy? I read some comments and belive me it will happen in the states...were already heading down that path now, im glad my country knows what its doing by electing these socially retarded people. thank you america


dan   April 22nd, 2010 6:48 pm ET

how will this work when the satellite is on the opposite side of the earth? dont they need more than one?


Rob in Ohio   April 22nd, 2010 6:53 pm ET

I can't help but wonder how much the UK government is going to rake in compared to how much it cost to put the satellite into space.


Mike   April 22nd, 2010 7:00 pm ET

Wow, I'm from America and I for one sincerely apologize to all the English for our Big Brother tactics invading your lives... This is truly terrible. Well, George was right, it's 1984 for sure and given enough time Big Brother will be in your bed room telling you how and when you're allowed to love your spouse, freaking terrible, just terrible.


Eddie   April 22nd, 2010 7:03 pm ET

Yes people this is really happening. One reason is lack of action, just like everyone here is just posting thier comments and moving on instead of doing something about it. Alot of individuals that inact these laws and system like these are old and are dead and gone but thier legacy of intrusive government lives on.
The time to act is now, let all of your government officials know that we the people will stand for this.
Do it now, become an activist or be prepared for what awaits us!
The UK folks are already screwed........


goingfast   April 22nd, 2010 7:04 pm ET

are they crazy?


WTH   April 22nd, 2010 7:07 pm ET

Next Lasers on Dolphins


zunedog   April 22nd, 2010 7:08 pm ET

they have all this technology and they want too write speeding tickets,that's the craziest thing Ive ever heard,money grubbing fools.


Miss Leading   April 22nd, 2010 7:14 pm ET

This is lame. It's just ground cameras linked to a satellite-based clock. They made it sound like it was something cool. YawnsTown.


Ouch...   April 22nd, 2010 7:19 pm ET

Bending over and taking it!!!


Jersey Bill   April 22nd, 2010 7:32 pm ET

In the land of Top Gear, I am sure this is wholly necessary....


Francis   April 22nd, 2010 7:32 pm ET

Does it work with volcanic ashes? If a stellite cost several million dollars I think they need to issue a bunch of ticket for ROI...


Atari2600   April 22nd, 2010 7:35 pm ET

Over the top ridiculous. I have an idea: Let's all do nothing and sit around like piles of mush. Then noone will ever break the law. Let's call speeding what it is; a special tax.

As for Franko, yeah satellites are 'green'. I almost lost my lunch over that one. An item full of heavy, rare and hard to manufacture metals that takes a ton of fuel to get into space and punches a hole in the ozone layer doing it, only to eventaully fall back into the atomosphere burning up upon descent and adding to the pollution nightmare. Yeah. That's green alright.


Kevin   April 22nd, 2010 7:38 pm ET

It's just a matter of time before somebody creates a jamming device, or something to block your license plate from being read accurately. I wish I knew how to do it......


Andy   April 22nd, 2010 7:38 pm ET

Total nonsense to scare people off. The max visual resolution from the best satellites out there is about 0.5 meters (GeoEye). That means that a plate would look like a white pixel; good luck deciphering any letters or numbers. And no, they CAN'T take pics if it's cloudy or dark. The only truth is that a satellite could track a car and measure its speed, but what a ridiculous waste of everything!


NOT   April 22nd, 2010 7:39 pm ET

That is going to far. Still congrats on getting the "FOR THE CHILDREN" in there.......
Nothing is ok until FOR THE CHILDREN is added.
The satellite wont be too helpful when the cameras get taken care of.


whitepwr   April 22nd, 2010 7:39 pm ET

I'm sick of all these stupid satellites buzzing overhead causing ruckus and stealing all the white man's air. Like to see one of them things try and fly once its coated in TAR and FEATHERS


Mateo in So-Cal   April 22nd, 2010 7:42 pm ET

Just for fun, I'd alter the LP then speed through the area as a form of protest. Maybe replace the numbers and letters on the LP to read as a nice little message to big brother... and you've got to love Europe with those huge license plates that virtually take up the width of the car, you could really have fun with your message to the autorities.


sleepingcat   April 22nd, 2010 7:45 pm ET

1984


Waldo   April 22nd, 2010 7:47 pm ET

When the government watches the people like this and reprimands the people need to treat the government the same way.


Whaaaaat??????   April 22nd, 2010 7:47 pm ET

Can't believe the Brits would stand for this. Wonder when the technology will be applied here in the state. Probably already has, just not officially released to the public. Sometimes it's better to be fat, ignorant, and happy (just kidding)


db   April 22nd, 2010 7:50 pm ET

Remember the book 1884. Wecome, here is your soilentgreen tablet for today. Big brother is watching every move you make. I wonder why big brother cannot find Ben Laden or even Jimmy Hoffa? Could it be Big Brother does not want them found? After all, who is big brother?


Peter   April 22nd, 2010 7:51 pm ET

Hey JOE: Why you worry about the satellites spying into your house? Just don't break any laws and you'll be fine.


KRISTY   April 22nd, 2010 7:52 pm ET

HOW ARE THEY GONNA PROVE WITHOUT A DOUBT YOU WERE DRIVING. IT'S TIME TO STOP BIG BROTHER NOW.


Clayton   April 22nd, 2010 7:56 pm ET

1984! ahhh!


Sam Underwood   April 22nd, 2010 7:57 pm ET

The UK is not notoriously grey all the time and it does not rain constantly. Get the facts right!


Brian   April 22nd, 2010 8:00 pm ET

So bloody ridiculous


kris   April 22nd, 2010 8:00 pm ET

I bet the tax payers would love to fork over the money for that system. thats stupid


Des   April 22nd, 2010 8:04 pm ET

OH PUH PLZ come on! Seriously what next


Tim   April 22nd, 2010 8:07 pm ET

I love the people that think "don't break any laws and you will be fine" is the answer. Talk about people that just don't get it....


AGuest9   April 22nd, 2010 8:07 pm ET

Big Bro with tea, mum?


Phil   April 22nd, 2010 8:13 pm ET

All this for the cause of highway robbery, yet they still can't track Taliban roadside bombers back to their lairs?


Craig   April 22nd, 2010 8:13 pm ET

This is right out out of The Terminator.
Skynet has become active.


benn   April 22nd, 2010 8:14 pm ET

They can see your license plate and give tickets to speeders from space but cant find Bin Laden???

Some body has the wrong priority!!


joe   April 22nd, 2010 8:19 pm ET

This is April Fool's right?

Btw, on longer trips I highly doubt that lower speeds equals safety, since driver fatigue is the leading cause of fatal crashes. The longer and slower you drive the less focused and more bored you become.


mygtgofast   April 22nd, 2010 8:25 pm ET

Once again some slimey company owner figures out yet another way to help government coerce more money from its citizens while the company gets its cut and lines its pocket with a pecentage of the ill gotten gains. Electronic countermeasures will be developed to neutralize this lastest threat to freedom. Let's not pretend that this is anything but another ploy to extort money from people and control them. If there was no monetary penalty for speeding there would not be zest for tickets.


Truther   April 22nd, 2010 8:29 pm ET

We are loosing our rights more and more every day.. NWO is starting to win.. we have to stand up for ourselves


slick56   April 22nd, 2010 8:31 pm ET

Me thinks this is a hoax with the intent to make people think it is not. The technology is there but I cannpt believe they are going to waste it on common speeders.


bob   April 22nd, 2010 8:32 pm ET

What a great idea! Turn the whole country into one big speed trap!


James Paschal   April 22nd, 2010 8:36 pm ET

The UK is a pathetic place. I can't believe any society would allow such an abuse of its citizens. I would revolt. They need to start shooting up the cameras and crash the system. Enough is enough.
Come on Brits get some balls and quit rolling over.


A Man   April 22nd, 2010 8:36 pm ET

must be some stupid broad that came up with this


Shaun   April 22nd, 2010 8:44 pm ET

Orwell was right hate is love,war is peace,freedom is security.If this ever comes to the states, I might just have to take up arms against my own country,oh wait the Brits can't own guns,........might want to throw a London Tea Party over there old chaps!!!I think it is high time the Brits had a themselves a Little American Revolution.Why do you think we left these a#$holes?


Paul B   April 22nd, 2010 8:47 pm ET

There is no way that this is true as presented because it is scientifically impossible. In order for a satellite to be stationary, it has to be 22,300 miles above the equator. There is no orbit which puts it stationary over Britain.

Shoddy journalism.


concerned   April 22nd, 2010 8:48 pm ET

Really?? I dont think we can afford it, unless it is made in CHINA!!


Shaun   April 22nd, 2010 8:51 pm ET

and for the guy who said driving is a privilege not a right,in America most of the way the country is laid out requires a car,unless you live in a really big city.


Bill   April 22nd, 2010 8:52 pm ET

How soon until the British are required to take a pill every day that moderates their behavior? At least they won't seem to mind.


fred   April 22nd, 2010 8:59 pm ET

just another way for our Big Brother government to watch us


How to save CNN « Don Surber   April 22nd, 2010 9:00 pm ET

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Eddie   April 22nd, 2010 9:02 pm ET

wow crazy! way 2 much power and overkill major overkill crazy !


franisco   April 22nd, 2010 9:06 pm ET

big brother is watching...


Sundeep   April 22nd, 2010 9:07 pm ET

With current GPS systems already showing your car speed and the speed limit side by side, all you need is a red flashing ticket coming on the GPS system saying "You just got a Ticket'. Make the car speed on the GPS flashing red when you go above the allowed speed limit and then 10 miles over that you get a ticket. GPS system to communicate to the local Sherrif's office and report the driver.

Other features like shutting the card down, if tickets are not paid in timely manner.

No cops needed on the road. Just mandatory GSP systems. Here comes the ACLU.


queuebert   April 22nd, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Whatever; I don't live there. But I would pose this point to any police department thinking of using this technology. If people realize that being caught speeding is no longer a risk, but a guarantee, they are going to stop. If they stop, that is less income for the given locality's police force. Good job guys. Is going 75MPH instead of 65MPH (or whatever) REALLY that big of a deal to law enforcement that they are going to give up that steady flow of cash?


Truther   April 22nd, 2010 9:10 pm ET

The NWO is winning the war


Cecil   April 22nd, 2010 9:11 pm ET

just another way for the government or state to make money more efficiently. we are after all living in the year 2010. somebody had to see this coming.


Robert   April 22nd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

This idea is really really disturbing.


Quet   April 22nd, 2010 9:13 pm ET

I wonder how easy this would be to fight in court? "we caught you speeding from sixteen light years away!" Waste of money nonetheless.


Chris   April 22nd, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Just great. How much did that satellite cost? Cities are trying to make money during these hard times but the government decides to spend millions on a speed satellite. How many speeding tickets is it going to take to pay for that satellite... What is this world coming to... FML.


Spencer Shein   April 22nd, 2010 9:18 pm ET

loss of words:)

Spencer Shein


Douglas Manuel   April 22nd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Satellites are not in geostationary orbit over the UK – any satellite in a lower orbit has an orbital velocity – geostationary is only possible at zero degrees inclination. It would need multiple LEO (low earth orbit) satellites to remotely come close to accomplishing this (if they are implying the camera on the satellite is taking photographs of teh offenders. I am not buying any of that hype.


Mad Mack   April 22nd, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Already have something similar in Scotland called Average Speed Cameras calculating the distance between Camera A & Camera B & the time it should take between the two doing the speed limit (50mph). Also has ANPR (automated number plate recognition) so it tracks each car by it number plate from piont A to point B, no need for a satellite!


branchbay   April 22nd, 2010 9:23 pm ET

It would be a great idea for the US also, where we have too many drivers who do not pay attention to what is happening in front of them. Especially, women drivers who are paying to much attention to the mobile phone. Maybe this system can catch those who talk and drive and text and drive on the road.


Anon   April 22nd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Enough !!!!


Sundeep   April 22nd, 2010 9:28 pm ET

In the futurist world, the cars will automaticallycontrol speed, and use satellite for navigation etc. so this is just a start...
Think about it, what if GPS data is collected and can be linked to car owners, they already have the disance the the time you travelled and what speed you travelled.
Just a question of looking for the right information to know your driving habits.


cullenpest   April 22nd, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Great! What a wonderful use of money! Now when Osama and the other terrorists go speeding down the highway we can finally nab them!


PuReWebDev   April 22nd, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Who votes for this kind of stuff? I find it hard to believe that the public want these kinds of things.


Brian Myers   April 22nd, 2010 9:38 pm ET

They disguise it as a speed trapping system; who wouldn't oppose that? In reality, they're polishing their mechanisms for watching everything you do. If they can see a license plate on a moving car, can they see my wife & I in our backyard?


David Jones   April 22nd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

The Government's complete and utter hatred of the motorist is one of the reasons that I am glad I left the UK.


cdavenport4   April 22nd, 2010 9:43 pm ET

I seen this coming... It's not exactly what I envisioned but it's close!


GaryB   April 22nd, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Looks like George Orwell was off by 34 years.


Cornmeal   April 22nd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I guess the speed cameras just transmit the data to the satellite and the satellite in turn transmits it to a processing center of some sort. That way the camreas can be set up in remote areas where a data link cannot be established easily. Does this theory on how it works sound reasonable????


kmillard6   April 22nd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Somewhere Stalin is laughing evilly...rubbing his hands together... mumbling to himself..."EVVVVVVVIIILLLLL...EVVVIILLLLL...MUUUHHAHAHAHAHAAAA..."


rdunn   April 22nd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

To ask "Is the UK really that broke " should be an eye opener to the larger picture
The US is broke......It seems as if every nation in he world is broke !!
That can only lead to one question ................
Where is all the money going to ???
Also...maybe it's just me , but I think we need to just keep on having babies !!!


rdunn 1   April 22nd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Just keep having babies !!!


molalet   April 22nd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

why don't just help the poor nations have phone, or internet access than playing with a speeding car from the space. I mean real, help which will help them connect to the rest of the world.


dtjump   April 22nd, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Big Brother is watching you – but only in the United Kingdom.

I wonder when the Brits will get tired of their overly socialized, heavily taxed and increasingly intrusive society?


jim   April 22nd, 2010 10:05 pm ET

anyone that believes this will be for tickets only is an Idiot.. the Brits will soon be back to a king.... except now days it's called a dictator....


rnort   April 22nd, 2010 10:06 pm ET

I am with the CJ regarding the technology. If the interest is reeeaally to reduce speed rather than to increase revenue then just simply put a transmitter on speed limit signs. Transmit a speed limit to a car which has a receiver where the driver can choose to use, or not. THEN put the stinking satellite in place to enforce it. I don't receive tickets for blatant disregard of posted speeds, I get them for not seeing every stinking sign indicating the speed changes. Phoenix is no better than London. Governments are addicted to this form of taxation.


Sheri   April 22nd, 2010 10:11 pm ET

They're going to have that thing bouncing all over the place! I take it there will be no court appearances as well... unless they plan to deal with your ticket after your dead! I guess one good thing about it is that we won't have cops tazering speeders!


saganhill   April 22nd, 2010 10:11 pm ET

So, what is the payback on this (ROI)? 500 years?


RM   April 22nd, 2010 10:13 pm ET

Absolutely..This is not good. Next thing the satellite is going to watch everything. Do we have any privacy left???


Matt   April 22nd, 2010 10:34 pm ET

I guess I need to upgrade the firmware on my radar detector.


Joey B   April 22nd, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Up here in space
I'm looking down on you
My lasers trace
Everything you do

You think you've private lives
Think nothing of the kind
There is no true escape
I'm watching all the time

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean .....


chad   April 22nd, 2010 10:40 pm ET

I wish that the government had better things to spend money on then speeders. Hmmm, How about catching rapist, killers, thefts, better technology to help bring troops home. Let's start there ........... I know they get overwhelmed there might be some fancy party to plan or attend.


doc   April 22nd, 2010 10:41 pm ET

What has happen to us?


butlerbulldawg74   April 22nd, 2010 10:41 pm ET

screw you bigbrother.


butlerbulldawg74   April 22nd, 2010 10:42 pm ET

remember remember the 5th of november


J G   April 22nd, 2010 10:42 pm ET

And Big Brother continues its assault on freedom-loving citizens. It won't be long before we all have a chip implanted in us and every movement is tracked.

Sure, it might make the world a safer place, but at what cost? And when will the human psyche start to rebel from being watched 24/7?


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Carl   April 22nd, 2010 11:00 pm ET

In the mid 1990's when, some city councils in the UK placed electronic devices on traffic signals. These devices transmitted the max speed for that road and was picked up by a family type car fitted with a receiver. In the example I saw on a BBC car program called 'Top Gear' with Jeremy Clarkson, he demonstrated that he could not make the car go faster than the 30mph limit transmitted in the signal.

So, the technology has been around for years to stop drivers speeding, the reason why it has not been implemented is that the council would see an end to speed fine revenue. Siimple as that. I am against speeding, but, I am against gouging and spying as well. Who else could tap into this satelite and get vehicle details.


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Phil   April 22nd, 2010 11:22 pm ET

John Spartan, you are fined 1 credit for a violation of the driver's morality statute.


deepwater805   April 22nd, 2010 11:25 pm ET

Big Brother is alive and well in the UK.


Aaron   April 22nd, 2010 11:30 pm ET

Whoever designed and recommended this technology or whatever it's called is evil! What is this world turning into? Humans cannot even have any privacy?


Krehator   April 22nd, 2010 11:30 pm ET

Wow...big brother is here. What next, watching you at home?


Mike   April 22nd, 2010 11:39 pm ET

does that mean the speeding ticket will include the costs of having that satellite in space...?


Paul W   April 22nd, 2010 11:43 pm ET

Go to trial on the ticket and subpoena the source code........


JHNDNY   April 22nd, 2010 11:45 pm ET

If they really want to diminsh speed on streets and avoid car crashes, instead of AIRBAGS car's manufacture's should install SHARP KNIVES and you'll see nobody speeding on street..


Mandisa   April 22nd, 2010 11:50 pm ET

What is the world coming to.


Ken Hansen   April 22nd, 2010 11:57 pm ET

Nothing Orwellian about this at all. Wish we had this on Long Island in the States for the amazing amount of aggressive down right insane speeders here. How about the latest...yesterday, an 18 year old female totally stoned and unlicensed kills an 80 year old woman who was riding her lawn mower in her front yard. She puts the van she was driving through the front of the dead woman's brick walled house with the woman dead under it. The chick's comment? "Well I don't feel too bad....she was kind of old you know." And you think this satellite system is Orwellian. This girls brings a WHOLE new meaning to the word Orwellian!


Frank   April 23rd, 2010 12:20 am ET

I thought someone was peeking through my window as I was taking a shower that Satellite. This is B.S. Tax rates will sky rocket.


Krehator   April 23rd, 2010 12:20 am ET

No law will ever stop stupidity. Morality has always been the basis for guiding acceptable behavior. Laws are created after morality has diminished. In the long wrong, the innocent pay the most.


Emily   April 23rd, 2010 12:35 am ET

Nothing we do will go unseen.


Goran Turner   April 23rd, 2010 12:41 am ET

Pigs in space!


Jane   April 23rd, 2010 12:50 am ET

Wow! Really High-Tech.


frank in Honolulu   April 23rd, 2010 1:02 am ET

Is it just me or does anyone else feel helpless ?There seems to be no no one to champion civil and personal rights.

The truth is lost because everyone has an opinon and experts in all fields are ignored.

We've lost too much respect for ourselves.


ben   April 23rd, 2010 1:04 am ET

i love how they tell you exactly where they are going to test it


Space Truckin’ « Plug In or Unplug?   April 23rd, 2010 1:08 am ET

[...] CNN.com reported the British newspaper The Telegraph published a story that PIPS Technology, an American company, has developed a system called "SpeedSpike" that uses a satellite, as well as two cameras near the roads, to catch drivers speeding. This system will be tested on two roads in the United Kingdom, calculating the car's speed between two points in the road, and a camera taking a picture of the car's license plate is taken if the driver is speeding, which is then given to authorities. [...]


Steve Lyons   April 23rd, 2010 1:16 am ET

Might I suggest they track suspected terrorists instead. Just a thought.


steven   April 23rd, 2010 1:19 am ET

Is that really what our space effort has become?


007   April 23rd, 2010 1:34 am ET

Sam Underwood, the weather IS notoriously bad in the UK. Ireland is always rainy and gray, Scottland is always cloudy, and here in London it's one of the bleeding few days that there's fair weather. Get it right


peter   April 23rd, 2010 1:46 am ET

mhhhh, maybe the could look for Bin Laden.....just a thought.


Joe Daddy   April 23rd, 2010 1:48 am ET

Can they track illegal aliens with this?


Steve   April 23rd, 2010 1:59 am ET

Then we can really say god is watching from sky, fear from god and drive slow.


sean   April 23rd, 2010 2:16 am ET

the UK sucks balls, its full of pathetic backward folk
im so glad i burnt my uk passport


Brian Ashworth   April 23rd, 2010 2:35 am ET

The UK is becoming gridlocked, slot of good this will do!


karthik   April 23rd, 2010 2:39 am ET

I can"t belive it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Speedtser McSpeedy   April 23rd, 2010 3:35 am ET

I can't wait for this technology. I am going to put fake plates on my car, the same as Gordon Brown's and then I am going to drive 250 miles per hour in 60 zones, all the way through the UK. Sounds like fun! Stupid NWO. They can only hurt you if you follow their stupid rules. Just ignore their rules and do what you want. Morons..


Woah   April 23rd, 2010 3:36 am ET

Someone is obviously trying to make sure they use up all their budget so they won't get cut the following year...talk about using a sledgehammer to whack an ant.... C'mon, you've got bigger problems to tackle than this!


Tubh   April 23rd, 2010 4:13 am ET

Maybe they should start reading minds too in case anyone is having inappropriate thoughts.


god   April 23rd, 2010 4:19 am ET

im sure they will figure out a way how to jam those devices or do something like that


Ben   April 23rd, 2010 4:53 am ET

Anything to stop criminals that doesn't impact others is a great idea. Fines should be increased also to get speeders under control.


clrocker   April 23rd, 2010 4:56 am ET

THEY CAN PINPOINT YOUR PLATE FROM ALONG DISTANCE BUT THEY CAN"T CURE THESE DIEASES IN THE WORLD


Sully   April 23rd, 2010 5:05 am ET

After this project, they will spend another several billion dollars and use this satellite technology to catch jaywalkers and people who litter.


Hollander   April 23rd, 2010 5:09 am ET

This is nothing. The Dutch government is on the verge of introducing a system of GPS transponders to be fitted to all Dutch cars. They will know the whereabouts of every Dutch car 24/7. However, the government promised they'll only use it for the purpose of road taxation .


Hollander   April 23rd, 2010 5:12 am ET

I added (=sar*cas*m) to the end of the last sentence and it dissapeared. Big brother already here?


Nils   April 23rd, 2010 5:34 am ET

Big Brother is watching you!


Stanley   April 23rd, 2010 5:38 am ET

Are they really serious!...seems a bit excessive to give someone a £40 fine....who approves these things?


bozo   April 23rd, 2010 5:40 am ET

Big brother is watching you!!


mcan   April 23rd, 2010 5:47 am ET

Wow and I though Iran getting nukes was scary


gaey   April 23rd, 2010 5:56 am ET

This is crazy, It does have good points. But If this starts, What next? This is opening a doorway. Just think about it. Like how Oregon set up the voters to legalizing certain types of gambling so that they had control of it and would use the taxes to help out the school system, by adding it to what they were already getting.That's all it was to be used for. Now it goes into the general fund and that's what they use to pay the schools with, plus a lot of other things that it was not intended for. All I can say now is, if it starts where is it going to go? And how is it going to change after being implemented??


akka69   April 23rd, 2010 5:58 am ET

This is inaccurate.
This article doesn't explain the need for a satellite or the way it is used in this system.

You just can't take picture of a license plate from a satelite on a regular basis as needed for speed ticketing so it should have an other purpose. Is it to compute the average speed? If you need the ground cameras to find the driver, they can as well compute the average speed by themselves.

This news calls for more questionning of the technology....


Mark McManus   April 23rd, 2010 6:03 am ET

I give it three weeks before we see the ground based cameras on fire. The space one might take a little more doing, maybe some more powerful laser pointers hahah.


Grace   April 23rd, 2010 6:10 am ET

Hmmmm and the technology was invented by a US company? I bet you W gave them some money to do that, seeing that their plan was to eventually do that. And people say that having access to affordable healthcare is Socialist? Satelittes issuing tickets from space is downright Communistic!


Kenneth   April 23rd, 2010 6:42 am ET

This will be good; one it will save lives and at the same time generate revenue.


Andreas   April 23rd, 2010 6:56 am ET

Last time we bumped into such desire to control people, it resulted into World War II. We fought evil. So many lives lost, fighting for our freedom we now all seem not to be too upset about loosing it, yet nobody ACTUALLY DOES anything about it. It all just happens and we all turn around in our sleep. Have we all turned into sheep? Am I too far off to say that we're tiranised by our own government? Didn't we say "never again" in 1945? What's different today?
Today we all have to eat, we all are fine and we don't have to worry about primary survival anymore (food, shelter, medication, protection, etc), it's the secondairy things we're so worried about (car, cellphone, TV, shoes) that we seem to loose sight on what's actually dangerous to our existence as we know or seem to know.
Am I too far off thinking that we're heading to a totalitair regime we all "accepted" coming?


Shane   April 23rd, 2010 7:12 am ET

I wonder if they will be able to see my cosmic finger too?


Tim   April 23rd, 2010 7:15 am ET

In Florida they installed red-light cameras at intersections, trying to "prevent red light runners". As it turned out later, they have not even covered the 2 left lanes with the cameras, concentrating their efforts on those who did not make a full stop while turning right on red (which is legal in the US). Why? Because it is a profit generating scam and they don't dive anything about the public safety. This sounds the same to me.


marko   April 23rd, 2010 7:26 am ET

No wounder we throw the british King out. Now if only we can throw out our polictical leaders out here in the US. Wake up people.


Jess Oria   April 23rd, 2010 7:32 am ET

There will be an increase in pedestrian traffic accidents involving people crawling home from the pubs.


Leif   April 23rd, 2010 7:48 am ET

And how much did the satellite cost? Why do they even need the satellite? If they have 2 cameras on the ground at different positions they should be able to calculate the speed of the driver regardless of whatever the satellite is doing.

Regardless, using satellites to effectively spy upon ones own people seems pretty Big Brotherish to me.. oh wait, its the UK.

When will the people say enough is enough? Vote for people who won't encourage this type of over-reaching monitoring of its own citizens.


speed   April 23rd, 2010 8:08 am ET

the French have one radar like this one for seven years now along A10...there is no need of satellite.
strange article...


Levi   April 23rd, 2010 8:09 am ET

At the rate that world govenments are being ALOWED to take your freedoms, nothing is too far out there to believe!
And as for the "This is a great idea" and "If you dont want a ticket , just dont speed!" and "Saftey is the most important thing there is!" and the rest of the short sighted whine bags....screw you! Thats the same logic as "Sure, you are FREE to paint your car any color you want , as long as it's black!


chuks.   April 23rd, 2010 8:21 am ET

yes it's good but .....will this help the current situation that the world is now...... common...... what off global worming ............................... speed satellites .......... i think you need too be in Africa.... too feel the heat of the sun.............................


Ernest H   April 23rd, 2010 8:33 am ET

lol the UK really doesn't like speeding at all, I heard about the speed cameras but dang, better move to the US while u can


Jay   April 23rd, 2010 8:55 am ET

All this technology...and we couldn't even find Obama escaping on a Moped ???? Come on !!!!


Jay   April 23rd, 2010 8:58 am ET

Escuse me, Freudian slip, I meant Osama.


David Beckham   April 23rd, 2010 9:15 am ET

Hey! why don't you do that to Biladen, when he rides around the mountain!


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Ned   April 23rd, 2010 9:21 am ET

Hey Fabian's It'Z comming!


jkes   April 23rd, 2010 9:34 am ET

What makes you think big brother is'nt looking in your window and listening right now? Wake up people............


JP   April 23rd, 2010 9:54 am ET

Disconnect your GPS,can't track you then.I do not speed (although I am sometimes 2-3 miles above or below),have never had an accident or ticket in 40 years of driving and I resent this action.If I were ever ticketed under this method I would challenge it to the highest court to check calibration of all tracking equipment,including the satellite,and to prove who the driver was.Why do we pay officers if machines are doing the job?


roninj422   April 23rd, 2010 9:56 am ET

No wonder Britain's best and brightest are leaving the country. Australia
is looking pretty good, they cant manage a decent education but can
do speeding tickets from space.


Rick McDaniel   April 23rd, 2010 10:15 am ET

"Big Brother" is in full force in the UK. Too bad it isn't helping stop much crime there.


NLey   April 23rd, 2010 10:20 am ET

How about using this technology to catch child predators (micro-chip them all)... or to bust thiefs. I bet the donut shops will be packed with police who won't have much work to do. Wonder what genius approved this....


Buck   April 23rd, 2010 10:30 am ET

All that money spent on a good radar detector, blown to h–l LOL


R Gonzales   April 23rd, 2010 10:35 am ET

Big Brother expanding it's role.


Jasonowitz   April 23rd, 2010 10:55 am ET

CNNs reporting is full of holes as usual, none of the analysis makes sense......its just a bull$$$$ story for the the corporates to have fun with you. I love reading all the posts. Except that alot of Americans and Euros who wrote in need to study up on their written ENGLISH. Especially the rednecks who are ready to suck this up and except totalitarianism(as long as my 2nd ammendment is safe)... I agree with most posts though, In America we have many sheep, but you brits seem to have a slightly higher per capita of them.
It seems to me that departments across the globe are strapped for cash. Using the sheep network CNN to spread a bit of fear seems like a cost effective way to exert a bit of control.
Freedom activists should get a hold of cheap GPS monitors and start tracking some of the people who come up with this Orlwellian crap
AND THEN SEE HOW THEY LIKE IT when we publicly post your hourly whereabouts on the internet and bill boards.


k   April 23rd, 2010 11:03 am ET

Would it not just be easier to set up camera triggered speed traps?!...really?...this is a worthwhile use of money?


Asif   April 23rd, 2010 11:18 am ET

I need to upgrade my tin foil had to lead foil.


Bill   April 23rd, 2010 11:21 am ET

Are you surprised? Cops hate doing their jobs as it is. 30% of their time is spent pulling each other over and letting each other go. I watched a drunk last night get pulled over. the to the 2 cops let him park his car and walk home. SERIOUSLY!? I wish i knew who that guy was. They SHOULD do all moving violations VIA satellite. Crossing center and side lines,.. swerving, running red lights,.. rolling stops,.. turning at unsafe speeds, and unsafe acceleration.. (all things i've been pulled over for :) .. Then it would be public knowledge when the crooked pigs throw out tickets issued for members of their little club. Police discretion is a euphemism for license to discriminate. theory- justice is blind. Fact- Justice turns a blind eye.

If public servants and lawyers all had to start getting REAL tickets for their moving violations, you'd quickly see the laws loosen.


Lu   April 23rd, 2010 11:31 am ET

Idiots, just because its in Britain now means we will have it soon also. Dah! Its a satellite !! AND nice to know WHY GPS systems are installed in vehicles now. Another tracker of privacy and BigBrother is always watching!


Mike   April 23rd, 2010 11:41 am ET

WOW what a total waste of money


go4dit   April 23rd, 2010 11:57 am ET

please nobody ,don't tell Arizona about this


that one guy that still has brains   April 23rd, 2010 12:05 pm ET

I like the car GPS-to-speedometer speed limiter idea.


Bill   April 23rd, 2010 12:25 pm ET

Oh I have some English friends who will hate this one!


ASHLEY   April 23rd, 2010 12:35 pm ET

This just seems like its getting to be invasion of privacy! If they can watch you from space to see if your speeding, who knows what else they could watch. Who controlls this project anyway. It only takes one bad apple and who's gonna know. Frankly it makes me uncomfortable to think someone is "spying" on me. And that is a step to far!!


Mike   April 23rd, 2010 1:44 pm ET

If the British and American governments have satellites that can read
individual car license plates, why can't the find Ben Laden?

I know, he's not speeding!


DD   April 23rd, 2010 2:11 pm ET

I'm having a hunter-seeker-satelite-tracking-destroy-lasar installed in my Humvee.


Zach Hubbard   April 23rd, 2010 2:29 pm ET

Wow, so glad we are finally going to able to give speeding tickets to someone going 56 in a 55. Too bad they dont use that money on the ground to increase police patrols to catch drunk drivers. such smart people wasting money where it doesnt need to be.


MRLAMPY   April 23rd, 2010 2:32 pm ET

That's a Labour govt. for you. Good job I live in USA.


Eric   April 23rd, 2010 2:43 pm ET

I wonder how much stock of the company making the satellite is owned by the English snobs behind the idiotic idea. Big brother, oh brother!!!!!!!!!


Franko   April 23rd, 2010 3:00 pm ET

Give everyone a GPS tracked dog collar, monitoring everything.


DD   April 23rd, 2010 3:26 pm ET

Why would I need a dog collar? I have no dog.


Joe   April 23rd, 2010 4:47 pm ET

Pretty soon we will be getting tickets for breather too much oxygen


Tony Edward Dockery   April 23rd, 2010 4:48 pm ET

Its not the speed that kills its high speed police car chases or drunk drivers who kill ...this is just a money machine for big brother to make you think you are safe and secure....all they do is cut it on and poof it mails you tickets you mail back money ...not a bad way to milk the masses...


John   April 23rd, 2010 4:48 pm ET

LOL ... this is what happens when a writer glosses over an article and doesn't read it or do the research behind it. If you go back to the source article on Mashable, you'll find that its says that it uses two cameras on the ground and one satellite to issue tickets. Not two cameras on the ground and one camera on a satellite.

A quick google search (I found the marketing material for the system) showed that the system works by using the GPS time clock to time stamp license plate pictures at various points. These pictures are then stored in a server. The system knows the distance between points . It can work out the legal time it should take you and compare it to what it took you. If you made it too fast, ticket.

That's a lot more boring than what the writer made it sound like! Not much different than the systems already in place in the UK.


Mark   April 23rd, 2010 5:05 pm ET

Why don't they better bring up the speed limit, to around 150 kph?


rebecca   April 23rd, 2010 5:44 pm ET

It would look like they could find a better use for a billion dollar sat than to catch a 50 dollar speeder..duh


Ryan   April 23rd, 2010 5:51 pm ET

Its crazy to me that this can be cost effective... How much does it cost to send a satellite up in space and then to keep it working, they think they will be handing out that many extra speeding tickets to pay for it?? Holy cow thats a scary thought...


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Retired LE   April 23rd, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Big Brother from 1984 is here. But we all knew he was coming....


Franko   April 23rd, 2010 9:50 pm ET

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Dousemytax   April 23rd, 2010 10:27 pm ET

You can catch speeders and take a license plate number from space but you can't find Osama Bin Ladin? I call Bulls#4t!


Adam   April 23rd, 2010 11:03 pm ET

OK, so here soon i will get a ticket for traveling 17,000 km/h over the speed limit,wonderful, hope they like getting paid in pennies


Drew   April 23rd, 2010 11:29 pm ET

Scotty, please beam me up. This planet is terrifying.


tom   April 24th, 2010 12:54 am ET

A billion dollar speed-cop


Franko   April 24th, 2010 1:38 am ET

Althought "Since around the late 70s - spy satellites capable of reading newspaper headlines in Red Square" - that was not on edge

When will we be required to place a 3rd license plate on the car roof ?


Apple iSpy   April 24th, 2010 2:20 am ET

Can the government implanting microchips in people's skulls to shock them up above from satellites to make them conform be far behind? This Star Wars droid traffic cop is the Death Star to freedom.


Folion   April 24th, 2010 2:48 am ET

Holly cow! You people in the UK have got it bad lol. When are yall going to put your foot down and tell your government to cut that crap out. Do you know how much it cost to launch a satellite? There must been a major speeding problem over there for them to pay tens of millions to build and launch that thing. lol


Franko   April 24th, 2010 3:54 am ET

This is a black operation story by CNN, designed to distract you from
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Alan   April 24th, 2010 8:36 am ET

This is no different than our FDA wanting to regulate salt. It's all for the 'good of the people'. Meanwhile our liberties are being stripped away one by one.


Maclin   April 24th, 2010 9:17 am ET

This just sounds like typical analysis in a vacuum by authorities and their special lab rats. How do they identify the car? License tag? Those are easily stolen or obscured. Next thing is a transponder in each car and only "outlaws" will not have a transponder. Even then how do they know who is driving. What if you speed like mad then pause then speed like mad again. Average speed will be under, but the speeding surges will be dangerous to other cars and pedestrians, and after all shouldn't efforts like this be about safety and not revenue?


God   April 24th, 2010 9:50 am ET

Oh, you sick children. Why must you treat each other so hatefully? Why can't you be happy and live and let live? I don't want to destroy the earth, but I may need to erase it and start over. Woe to you when I do.


franky   April 24th, 2010 10:08 am ET

Now I know where all my money went from all my paid speeding tickets!! I think we have better use for our technology.


Mohamed   April 24th, 2010 10:41 am ET

Nice waste of $300Million, big round of applause everyone...


Spores   April 24th, 2010 11:26 am ET

This must be one of the most ignorant things that has ever been done by goody two shoes morons.


slowmotion4u   April 24th, 2010 1:24 pm ET

hahaha... the UK can mail me a hard hat in case that billion dollar pile of metal crap falls on me. Just think....who needs police officers to issue citations with England's new "God"(Gadget of Doom) 24/7 watching over us. Think of all the jobs that will be lost. If anyone is to watch over us, let it be the creator.....not England


umoveover   April 24th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

Why are certain countries so FIXATED on speeders. Germans have been driving fast (double the average speed limits in most countries) and have the lowest accident fatality rate on comparison to other first world countries. It's obviously very expensive to research design and put a darn satellite in outer space. Is this really necessary? Are there not better things to worry about?

Try driver education first as most motorist (outside of Germany) are idiots who know nothing about car control. It's NOT the speed, It's the person driving. They are too busy texting, eating, reading, puttingon makeup etc. I remember in the 80's, a $50,000 German made car didn't have cup holders. There was a reason for this. But spoiled people demanded it and they gave in.

If speed kills as most law enforcement will say (ironic they speed all the time) then air travel would be the most dangerous form of transportation s the average commercial aircraft travels at 550mph. Air travel is the safest. Because all pilots are highly trained.

PAY ATTENTION TO DRIVING, GET EDUCATED ABOUT CAR CONTROL, USE LANE COURTESY, HANG UP AND DRIVE!!!


obrian   April 24th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

sooner or later all we will have to do is bring our pay too the government or just let it stay on the bank and let the government take it because if it aint taxes its speed traps it tickets in the city parking tickets taxes on your food water everything soon they going to tax air what is next taxes on opening your eyes oh yea there taxing that already everyday we wake up we are being taxed stupid


The One   April 24th, 2010 3:45 pm ET

Wow seriously...? I would think it's still cost effective to have the speed bumps in place around schools, not to mention safer then a satellite which will only issue a ticket to a speeder, not slow them down. I'm sure this million (maybe billion) dollar project is more expensive then what it should be! Another fine example of misappropriated use of funds...Ridiculous!


Bama   April 24th, 2010 4:37 pm ET

How do they know who was driving? Wonder what the payback is on a 100 million euro satellite in speeding fines?


Melvin   April 24th, 2010 5:40 pm ET

To save money on speed bumps, they spend $$$ on satellites.


woodie   April 24th, 2010 6:03 pm ET

OMG. This is way overboard. What do you call that, a space ticket?


Jim   April 24th, 2010 6:08 pm ET

About time......could use it here in the States. Free money just out the window......too many drivers do not pay any attention to the limits.
Don't want a ticket???? Don't speed. Same with STOP signs. Stop means stop.......not slide on through......


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Ned Ludd   April 25th, 2010 1:31 am ET

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Jonathan   April 25th, 2010 5:51 am ET

Sooooo,....George Orwell was very prescient when he wrote "1984." Britain is racing fast to such a state. This is a typical progressive reaction: treat the symptom, not the disease, so it looks like something is being done, when in all actuality, the only thing really being accomplished is more government control, more ridiculous regulations. We've got it big here in the US with our fool of a president; you guys in Great Britain have had it big for awhile, and once the progressives/socialists/communists get a foothold, there's little that can be done to stop it, save for revolution (kinda like we did in the 1770s).


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Ralf The Dog   April 25th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

Easy response. If you see someone driving less than 10 MPH (16 KPH) over the limit, take a photograph of their license plate, track them down and do everything you can to destroy their lives.

People who live their lives in extreme slow motion make me sick. The fact that the government wants to drag us down to their subhuman level makes me very sick.

Speeders are not the problem, we are the solution.


Sardar Mohkim Khan   April 26th, 2010 3:00 am ET

The idea sounds impressive enough but wouldn't that make ticketing a bit more hectic? I am more interested in looking forward to implementation of ticketing systems in cars too, where drivers can be warned of crossing speed limits and issues a ticket for not complying to the warning.


Rmoressi   April 26th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

Only stupid peasants will accept such control from their goverments.
Brits what a bunch of peasants!


Rmoressi   April 26th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

Ralf the Dog you are right. Too bad the don't execute slow drivers in the fast lane. All those mentally hadicaped that can not drive fast should ride the bus or a bicicle.


Rmoressi   April 26th, 2010 12:21 pm ET

Is not about time you abolish your mornachy you bunch or turds?


DoctorLeon   April 26th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

This will be an easy speeding tick to defend against. I ask the originators of this sinister scheme to explain how they will be able to prove in court that the satellite is properly "calibrated?" Just as with the old-style radar gun used to detect speeders; if you can't prove it has been correctly calibrated, you can't use the results of the device in court. Just think of all the microscopic debris hitting the satellite every day and ruining its "calibration." Don't we have better things to do with our money than utilize a satellite to catch speeders?


KushFarmer420   April 26th, 2010 3:14 pm ET

This is just to control the amount of grow houses in the UK, lol. IDK, I'm just talking crap.


azspeeder   April 26th, 2010 3:38 pm ET

We have speed cameras all over Arizona, and last time I checked, there were no satellites involved. They just flash and mail.


Philip   April 26th, 2010 7:10 pm ET

OK sure you can view license plates from space. That I have no doubt but whats the true benefit. A few people get saved? OK right a human life is worth plenty but could it be better spent?

Try putting Thermal Imaging cameras to cover car pool lanes. That makes more since IMO.


Choco-Tan   April 26th, 2010 7:10 pm ET

This is a good invention for the goverment to spend our tax dollars on... Think of how this could lead to arresting drunk drivers, and think of how many childeren could be saved from being hit by speeding cars. Then this could also track down cars of robbers trying to get away. This little invention could lead to even better things. You people have to be more open-minded about these things. Most of you people are probably only mad because you can't speed without getting caught anymore.
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Kathy Shipley   April 27th, 2010 1:40 am ET

We need to get involved rather than to continue electing any and all politicians that ignore the rights and freedoms being an "American" stands for...I fully agree with:

US Congress won't need satellites....what do you think the I-Pass and other open-road tollways trackers are for or the various proposals to track miles driven so a non-gas, gas tax can be enforced. We have been slowly handing over our rights and responsibilities to the government and Big Brother for decades here in the US.

It is time to get involved now rather than later. Let's put GPs on all Congress members that work with this same technology! Most would never survive their term let alone be re-elected. Come on, everyone. Think about our individual rights here. What has happened to choice and consequences?


jesus flores   April 27th, 2010 10:08 am ET

c'mon
seariuosly


BDR   April 27th, 2010 4:19 pm ET

Wow!


Franko   April 27th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

When will we get an iPhone application for car speed ?
Determine the rate of pixel/license plate change to calculate speed.
Get a fee for catching evil, dangerous drivers.


greenteagod   April 27th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

They need this everywhere. I was on my way home from lunch today and someone was going 60+ on a 35mph residential. I wish the satellite would have zapped her a good one.

If you can't obey the laws of driving you should not be allowed to drive.


G   April 27th, 2010 10:32 pm ET

Just Google 'PIPS Technology speedspike' and find the real information. There is no camera "mounted on a satellite" and authorities aren't watching "from outer space". The ground cameras used GPS to fix their position and sync time as part of their speed calculations.

This article contains false information and needs to be removed.


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MKD   May 3rd, 2010 1:38 pm ET

These average speed cameras are dangerous and dont save lives. You spend more time concentrating looking at your speedo than you do the road in front of you.


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Thomas   December 5th, 2010 1:34 am ET

I don't know if they are trying thath over in the US or not but it sounds like you guys in Londan are going to get hammered. In the US there are ways to get out of a speeding ticket if they have you on radar. Go to http://stopspeedingticket.net/ and buy the book. It gives you step by step instrutions on how to fight it in court. Good luck over in London


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Rob   October 26th, 2012 8:24 am ET

I had to laugh when I read this.. The is obviously no camera on the satellite. They are simply using the GPS clock as a time sync signal to keep the time in both ground cameras in perfect time. Its then simply a matter of using ANPR and timing between both points.
Just proves what crap people will believe if its posted on the internet.


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