Ford offering a smarter way to avoid a speeding ticket

  • metta

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    Mar 26, 2015 5:10 PM GMT
    Ford offering a smarter way to avoid a speeding ticket


    http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/research/ford-offering-a-smarter-way-to-avoid-a-speeding-ticket/ar-AA9VPDw
  • BAHBAA

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    Mar 27, 2015 2:01 PM GMT
    Probably good in theory but would turn out to be nightmare. Could you imagine when that feature malfunctions... randomly speeding up or slowing down, misreading 25mph instead of 50. That has the potential to be dangerous.

    My Audi had a feature that showed you what the speed limit is where you are driving and would tell you if you were speeding on the screen. It also had an option to set an alarm that if you hit a certain speed it would chime. I set it for 80 so when I was on the highway I wouldn't overdo it.
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    Mar 27, 2015 2:41 PM GMT
    It sound pretty benign and easy to control. I just wonder how it distinguishes between speed limit signs and numbered road signs. We're on Rt 95 - OMG! icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 27, 2015 3:46 PM GMT
    free street gps apps have a warning if your over the limit.

    WAZE works somewhat but it is not really auto magic, some driver had to have entered the event into the app. The app's UI worked well in the lab but just complicated enough for drivers to ignore it and rely on others. Works better than expected

    if i were to exceed the limit i would look for an app coupled like bluetoth to a good radar laser detector. Maybe with voice prompts. If anything exists like this?
    -Take some effort to mount the detector just below the rear view mirror
    -keep your vision at least 100'in front (good safety practice) of where your driving or beyond. Look for items that dont belong, seem to protrude out.
    -avoid cars that seem to want to catch up to you or follow you. radar dosnt work of your in a car going the same direction as the target.
    -remove your front plate, the paint is reflective. address reflective surfaces on the front of the car.
    -not every day is test and tune. Reduce your chances of a ticket; drive like an old man every other day, never use your turn signal, drive slow in the left lane...
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    Mar 27, 2015 7:02 PM GMT
    BAHBAA saidProbably good in theory but would turn out to be nightmare. Could you imagine when that feature malfunctions... randomly speeding up or slowing down, misreading 25mph instead of 50. That has the potential to be dangerous.

    My Audi had a feature that showed you what the speed limit is where you are driving and would tell you if you were speeding on the screen. It also had an option to set an alarm that if you hit a certain speed it would chime. I set it for 80 so when I was on the highway I wouldn't overdo it.


    That's been around for about 6,000 years

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    Mar 28, 2015 12:59 AM GMT
    ^Yes, but for most of the places that I drive, the GPS shows the speed limit as "no data."

    Also, it seems to me that the voice navigation system is getting worse over time. Although it did once find a neat shortcut direct to the top of a freeway ramp for me, it often tries to direct me into dead-end neighborhoods, or up peoples driveways that it seems to think are thoroughfares.
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    Mar 28, 2015 1:29 AM GMT
    mindgarden said^Yes, but for most of the places that I drive, the GPS shows the speed limit as "no data."

    Also, it seems to me that the voice navigation system is getting worse over time. Although it did once find a neat shortcut direct to the top of a freeway ramp for me, it often tries to direct me into dead-end neighborhoods, or up peoples driveways that it seems to think are thoroughfares.

    The speed limit is often a temporary reduction from the normal posted speed for construction or an accident, that may change in a few hours. Even GPS combined with live traffic updates, used for instance for traffic accidents & delays, often will still reflect a time lag.

    Which is why the Ford optical system offers an instant on-board response to the current speed limit signage. Except, I see limitations, especially in terms of visibility during rain, fog, and darkness.

    Also, as I said earlier, how does the system distinguish between speed limit signs and road number signs? Furthermore, what is its scan area? What happens when you're on the Interstate, and an exit ramp has a lower speed posted, right next to the highway you're on? A human knows the sign refers to the exit speed only, as you continue driving past at full highway - can this device make that distinction?
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    Mar 28, 2015 2:49 AM GMT
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    mindgarden said^Yes, but for most of the places that I drive, the GPS shows the speed limit as "no data."

    Also, it seems to me that the voice navigation system is getting worse over time. Although it did once find a neat shortcut direct to the top of a freeway ramp for me, it often tries to direct me into dead-end neighborhoods, or up peoples driveways that it seems to think are thoroughfares.

    The speed limit is often a temporary reduction from the normal posted speed for construction or an accident, that may change in a few hours. Even GPS combined with live traffic updates, used for instance for traffic accidents & delays, often will still reflect a time lag.

    Which is why the Ford optical system offers an instant on-board response to the current speed limit signage. Except, I see limitations, especially in terms of visibility during rain, fog, and darkness.

    Also, as I said earlier, how does the system distinguish between speed limit signs and road number signs? Furthermore, what is its scan area? What happens when you're on the Interstate, and an exit ramp has a lower speed posted, right next to the highway you're on? A human knows the sign refers to the exit speed only, as you continue driving past at full highway - can this device make that distinction?


    "how does the system distinguish between speed limit signs and road number signs?"

    I guess we'll have no problem around here at least on the Interstates.
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    Mar 28, 2015 3:57 AM GMT
    The smartest way to avoid a speeding ticket is to not break the speed limit by more than a few MPH (or KPH if your'e one of those weird-accent mates from across the pond). icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 28, 2015 4:43 AM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    mindgarden said^Yes, but for most of the places that I drive, the GPS shows the speed limit as "no data."

    Also, it seems to me that the voice navigation system is getting worse over time. Although it did once find a neat shortcut direct to the top of a freeway ramp for me, it often tries to direct me into dead-end neighborhoods, or up peoples driveways that it seems to think are thoroughfares.

    The speed limit is often a temporary reduction from the normal posted speed for construction or an accident, that may change in a few hours. Even GPS combined with live traffic updates, used for instance for traffic accidents & delays, often will still reflect a time lag.

    Which is why the Ford optical system offers an instant on-board response to the current speed limit signage. Except, I see limitations, especially in terms of visibility during rain, fog, and darkness.

    Also, as I said earlier, how does the system distinguish between speed limit signs and road number signs? Furthermore, what is its scan area? What happens when you're on the Interstate, and an exit ramp has a lower speed posted, right next to the highway you're on? A human knows the sign refers to the exit speed only, as you continue driving past at full highway - can this device make that distinction?


    "how does the system distinguish between speed limit signs and road number signs?"

    I guess we'll have no problem around here at least on the Interstates.


    Point being that I-70 and I-71 cross Columbus. State interstate limit is 70.