Speeding just isn't what it used to be!

Post ImageNormally when I hear someone talking about GPS, I think directions. You know, the gadget you have in your car that tells you where to turn left. Like most electronics however, there are cheap GPS units and top-of-the-line GPS units. Like the one Shaun Malone’s parents installed in his car:

GPS tracking systems like the one in Malone’s car are becoming an increasingly popular way for parents to keep tabs on their kids, an outgrowth of the initial use of such devices in car fleets and trucking. Many consumer-oriented GPS navigation systems also have these capabilities, but Malone’s was hardcore: the system would even e-mail his parents in the event that he drove too fast.

Try explaining that one when you get home! Your parents would know you’re speeding before you do!

Anyway, the great part about this story is that Shaun and his retired sheriff father are using data from the GPS unit to contest a speeding ticket:

While many GPS systems don’t log travel details extensively enough to be used as a defense against a moving violation, Malone’s car was outfitted with a device that could do just that. According to Rude, all recorded plots on Malone’s route show him to be driving under the speed limit.

Kinda takes the fun out of speeding, doesn’t it? I don’t really care if they win their case or not, but I do like it when new technology challenges the status quo!

Who knew GPS units could do so much?!

Read: ArsTechnica

4 thoughts on “Speeding just isn't what it used to be!

  1. Mack, I must inform you that I knew about this little technological advancement for at least year. Are you telling me that I knew something in the world of technology before you? I am shocked.

    The company that I work for has this style of GPS devices installed into our highway vehicles. It pings an email to certain people whenever the vehicle goes over a certain speed, when erratic speeds occur as well as sending location information to the satellite within a predetermined time frame so that you can track the travel of the vehicle. Furthermore, you can access that information on a website and see whether or not a vehicle is turned on/off, what direction it is traveling and even get the street address (I think it’s up to 10 meters) of where the vehicle is parked.

    It just reaffirms my notion that Big Brother is watching.

  2. Some predictions about the future remain forever etched in history: Lord Kelvin’s 1895 declaration that “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible” or Digital Equipment Corp. head Ken Olson’s 1977 statement that “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” But far more predictions and visions of the future are forgotten long before the future actually happens.

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  3. Some predictions about the future remain forever etched in history: Lord Kelvin’s 1895 declaration that “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible” or Digital Equipment Corp. head Ken Olson’s 1977 statement that “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” But far more predictions and visions of the future are forgotten long before the future actually happens.

    It is not only enough to get the quantitative service, but it must also be qualitative one. That means, the service provided by the trucking company must be good and they must be honest to us. We get only few companies like this who provide all these. But one of them I found with all this. So, if you want see how honest and good my service was just log on to <a href=http://www.bigriggigs.net/>"Trucking"</a&gt;. Hope this gives you enough information about trucking and trucking jobs.

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