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Europe: Motorcycles Have A New Powerful Enemy

26
August
2010
  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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As if we don't have enough problems when riding our motorcycles. With the elements, texting SUVs driven by maniac soccer moms, overzealous police officers, bad roads with enormous potholes, guillotine crash barriers and digital speed radars. And it's in that last category that our valiant struggle to remain riding we now have an enormous enemy.

Switzerland has introduced, on a trial basis, the Trafistar SR950. The Trafistar is military technology coming to speed radars. Like in those Hollywood war movies, were Tom Cruise chases the Bandits (not the Suzuki kind), and through the jet's Heads Up Display, you see the onboard radar identifying the bogeys....like this:

Airplane HUD

Trafistar SR590
Well, the Trafistar uses the same technology. So it's lethal for us.

It can follow 22 vehicles on 4 lanes at the same time and track them with 10 different traffic violations. It can shoot in burst mode, luckily not bullets, but photos; 6 photos per second.

The Swiss made radar costs less then most traditional digital radars, so all the European authorities are lusting over the new device. The Swiss trial will last 3 months, and then a few more will appear in Switzerland. But the company expects to be making 150 next year, and we'll start seeing them spread around Europe.

The new radar will be able to see: (1) exceeding speed limits, (2) going through red lights, (3) crossing a white continuous line, (4) not stopping for a Stop sign, (5) using a bus or bicycle lane, (6) not giving pedestrians priority on a pedestrian crossing, (7) overtaking where it is not allowed, (8) going the wrong way in a one-way street, (9) illegal u-turn and (10) not respecting the security distance with the vehicle ahead of you.

Trafistar SR590 image

Luckily, the radar is pretty big an bulky, but they can move it around since all they need is electricity. I'm also quite sure than future releases will get the radar to see if you're wearing seatbelts, or a helmet, if you're talking or texting on the phone, or if .... etc (let your imagination roam free).

So now we have a really powerful enemy....Why couldn't the Swiss just stick to making watches?

Via: Lematin



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