If open highways instil the need for speed inside you, we've got bad news for you. Turns out, cheating the speed cameras is not going to be as easy as simply slowing down when one approaches. Authorities in Kerala have come up with a smart new speed camera system that will be able to gauge speed that a vehicle does between two cameras. The Kerala Motor Vehicles Department will be introducing a new method to crack down on speeding vehicles on the highways, according to a report on mathrubhumi. The current system of speed cameras can only record speed of a vehicle at the point where a camera is installed, hence motorists could simply slow down in front of them and speed up after. The current system can only reduce speed at these particular points.
It is actually surprising that no one came up with this idea sooner as the new system uses a simple concept of speed equals distance over time. A simple formula, we all grew up studying in schools, is about to make speeding on highways that much more difficult.
With the introduction of this new system, speed between two camera points will be calculated accurately. The system will compare the time required to cover the distance between two camera points to the actual time taken by a vehicle.
Initially, the cameras will be installed along a 56-km stretch of the Walayar-Vadakkancherry national highway, said Joint Transport Commissioner Rajeev Puthalath. As many as 22 cameras will be installed, for which the government will be spending Rs 7.4 crore. The new system is being implemented in association with Keltron.
Post tests and if the system proves to be relevant and efficient, the cameras will be installed statewide. And who knows, if they do find a proficient method of slowing vehicles down on highways, other states may follow suit.