December 1, 2016
Driverless vehicles are all the rage in the tech world right now. From self-driving cars to riderless motorcycles, the revolution is just around the corner. And while you might have thought the invention of these vehicles would curb the amount of parking and speeding tickets you get, you couldn’t be more wrong.
The Future of Traffic Stops
With the continuous advancement of autonomous cars, self-driving police vehicles have become the next innovation on the docket. It makes you wonder what would happen to insurance companies and policies with the lack of a human operator.
“The insurance industry isn’t ready for self-driving cars,” said a representative from One Sure Insurance. “The law has not caught up, and we strongly believe that by the time self-driving cars and motorcycles are widely available, it’s going to be a legal nightmare.”
The Concept Design
Brigade, an autonomous police motorcycle concept created by Canadian industrial designer Eduardo Arndt, was recently revealed. The powerful machine is fitted with an array of cameras, sensors, projectors, and speakers that enables the motorcycle to issue tickets for minor offenses. It also has a built-in gyroscope, which keeps it upright.
Equipped with a red light camera and parking ticket writing capabilities, this self-driving police motorcycle can silently patrol the streets and search for expired insurance badges, illegally parked cars, and essentially anything which is classified as an vehicular offense that can result in a fine. It would then provide a timestamped video evidence to the municipal court and email the offender a citation.
There is no getting out of a speeding ticket with a robotic police bike. For traffic violation like speeding, the Brigade would not need to even stop and communicate with the driver – all it needs to do is flash its light and release an audio message.
Regardless of how unreal and frightening they may seem, there are more benefits to autonomous cars than you might think. For a start, policemen will be free to do other important tasks like investigating violent crimes and keeping the streets safe for the public.
However, it does raise questions about redundant roles within the police force, similar to supermarkets which have replaced staff with robot cashiers. Either way, it’s possible that this fantasy world is still in the distant future:
“We have to think about the fact that the laws are not going to move that quickly,” said Linsey Willis, a spokeswoman for the Contra Costa Transportation Authority in California.
The rise of driverless vehicles has sparked fears that cars immune to human error will lead to mistaken tickets or offenders not taking them seriously. But the future is coming and it’s time to accept that the world is going to change with it.
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