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April 22, 2010

Satellites to issue speeding tickets from space

Posted: 03:14 PM ET

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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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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).

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.

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?

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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 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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