Cameras that can catch red-light runners and speeders have already
begun to infiltrate communities across the country. But now, an Australian
company has developed a new camera technology that could bust motorists just by
the sound of their vehicles.
Acoustic Research Laboratories, a New South Wales company, has
announced that it has developed a camera that can also monitor and record the
decibel level of passing vehicles, and pinpoint the sound levels of a specific
vehicle, according to the company’s Web site.
Although the cameras could have a wide variety of uses, industry
insiders believe the cameras could be used to ticket drivers with loud stereos
or noisy exhaust systems.
The company did not give any indication of whether the cameras would be
used on roadways in the U.S. or to monitor the trucking industry. However, the
new technology will be tested by the Australian Navy on some of the country’s
roadways, according to media sources.