If you've spent much time driving in a major city, its not unlikely
you've opened your mail at least once to find a hundred-dollar-plus
ticket for running a light. You might not even remember being there, it
happened so long ago. Now, we've all gone through an intersection or two
when the light was looking a bit orange, but it's not like we put
anybody in danger by doing so.
In fact, a number of studies
have shown red light cameras tend to cause more accidents they prevent,
as otherwise safe drivers will stop short to avoid a ticket. There's
even some question as to the constitutionality of the companies that
operate these automated cameras retaining motorists' private
information, sometimes in data centers outside the USA.But while legal efforts to get rid of them haven't gained much traction, a gadget called the NoPhoto
offers a clever workaround. By incorporating a light sensor and the
exact same flash-bulbs used in some red light cameras, this license
plate frame can sense when it's being photographed and overexpose the
picture - even during the day, assuming its developers can replicate the
functionality of their prototype in the final product.
Because it leaves the front of the license plate uncovered and
perfectly legible in normal light, the NoPhoto is (currently) 100%
lawful in all states.The NoPhoto is currently seeking crowd funding at Indiegogo. At time of publication, a $200 pledge will reserve yours. (The projected final price is $350.)
Now, before you go trying any Grand Theft Auto antics, keep in mind
the NoPhoto will only prevent cameras from giving you tickets; obviously
the police are a totally different story.
Will you jump at the chance to stick it to red light cams or just slowing down on the road? Sound off in the comments.
In: WTF, Science and Technology
Tags: camera, flash, red, white, red flash, white flash, police, vehicle, road, legal, illegal, ticket
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