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Developers Write Robot Software to Issue Speeding Tickets

In developers, RoboCop, Samford University, software, speeding, Stanford Law School, We Robots conference, West Point on April 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

No one likes getting a ticket in the mail for running a red light (accidental or not). But if West Point and Samford University in Alabama have a say, you may have another robot to hate.

Academics from these schools have been testing a traffic related theory – would it be possible to write a computer program that could issue speeding tickets?

The introduction to their paper presented at  the “We Robots” conference at Stanford Law School opens with the technical feasibility of automated law enforcement garnered by the ever-progressive advances in computerized analytics and robotics.

I know what you’re thinking – Robocop is just around the corner.

But their findings may have these academics swayed. When comparing data, some issues arose including the frequency of gathering and assessing data, and the number of times a robot would issue tickets as compared to a real-life police officer.

Check out the graph below showing the data collected over an hour drive, with the black line indicating the posted speed limit.

Between 15-40 minutes, the driver was able to maintain a somewhat steady speed with the cruise control engaged, however the driver is unable to control the speed-up and slow down occurring as the car travels up and down hills.

Even so, the software would routinely write speeding tickets for each instance of driving faster than the speed limit. Also, where a real-life police officer would write only one speeding ticket, this software would likely write 10!

That said, if a more perfect software was written to automatically monitor and analyze every car’s travelling habits, and write tickets based on those observations, would you want that in your car? Would you be more likely to keep an older vehicle over buying a new car with this software installed?

And based on your current driving, how often do you think you’d get ticketed?

Software developers – I’d love to hear from you.

Source: arstechnica


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