I don't mind the average speed cameras at all. It means I can set the cruse control which allows me to concentrate on the road instead of taking my eyes off the road to check my speed every few seconds.
By the way, have you noticed the number of drivers who are obviously going faster than they should and slow down as they pass the average speed camera, so people just don't seemed to get what average speed means.
Interesting how journalists still insist on referring to intelligence in the cameras, suggesting it's the camera that tracks the car, maybe they hop from post to post, or run along the side of the road?
ANPR cameras, be they radar, Gatso or these new average speed cameras are simply fancy cameras with infra red lights, they take a black & white image of the camera's number plate, using OCR software to convert this to ASCII text that's stored in a database along with the exact time the car was photographed.
The software knows the exact location of each camera, so it is easy to calculate the speed of a car based on the time it passed each camera.
I can see how the log, which will be kept for a fair period of time, will be of use to the likes of MI5 to track the movements of certain people they're interested in...
is the intrusive nature of the increasing number of cameras that seem to appear with no announcements etc.
Has anyone tried to count the number of cameras on the 'managed motorway' section of the M6 in the midlands? Why do they need observation cameras on poles (all painted grey) every 100 yards or so, for mile after mile after mile?
Bear in mind that these are roads that you can't turn off onto a side road between cameras!