PERHAPS SPEED CAMERAS AS WE KNOW THEM COULD BE A THING OF THE PAST
Speed camera fines could become a thing of the past if Hyundai has its way.
The brand is set to sell a luxury sedan in Australia that is capable of outsmarting speed cameras with a combination of GPS and braking technology.
Speaking in Seoul at the launch of the Hyundai Genesis, company spokesman Guido Schenken told journalists that the car could identify speed cameras and slow down if drivers are going too fast.
“It knows there is a speed camera there, it knows where the speed camera is and it will adopt the correct speed,” he says.
“It will beep 800 metres before a camera and show the legal speed, and it will beep at you if your speed is over that.”
The Genesis, a luxury sedan designed to be a cut price alternative to models sold by BMW and Mercedes-Benz, features a suite of high-tech driver aids that include an active cruise control system that will apply the brakes to maintain a safe distance to the car in front.
It also has automated emergency braking technology that will stop the car to prevent a collision.
By coupling those self-braking systems with camera locations loaded into the car’s navigation software, the car will warn drivers ahead of speed traps and slow down if required.
The feature works for fixed speed cameras and average speed cameras, though it will not give drivers an advantage over mobile speed cameras or the highway patrol.
Hyundai will introduce the Genesis locally in October, 2014.
It has not confirmed local pricing or specifications. Unfortunately the technology won’t be offered on the Genesis initially.
Update: An earlier version of this story said Genesis models sold locally would likely get this feature but Hyundai has since confirmed it won’t be available.