Speed cameras are old acquaintances, and have some limitations. The DGT already has technology to fine much more effectively.
The General direction of traffic he reminded us a few days ago on Twitter of his weapon not so secret, for put fines 500 meters away.
They’ve been around for a couple of years now, but now he explains how they work in the DGT magazine.
We are talking about the drones, who are able to fly to 120 meters high and, thanks to high-definition cameras, catch a violation from 500 meters away.
Drones support the surveillance, control and management of traffic in our cities from the air. #roads 🕊️👁️. They have a radius of action of 500 m. and they are equipped with a high-definition camera 📹. Learn more about how they work 👉 https://t.co/OSZwgREJTd #BetterSlower💟 pic.twitter.com/BrLuuiwCi8
— Director General Traffic (@DGTes) January 5, 2022
Currently the DGT uses six types of radars: gantries, poles, side cabins, vehicles, tripod and span.
It also has more than a dozen helicopters, and the aforementioned drones, which usually monitor highways and sections where many infractions occur.
Drones have a range of about 20 minutes, and are controlled by remote control by means of a Civil Guard pilot, from a nearby car.
The agent sees the same thing as the drone through a screen, and can record violations, which are valid before a judge.
The video is sent in real time from the drone to the DGT facilities, which processes it and detects the infractions, to communicate them to the offender (and nail the corresponding fine…).
It is a technology that has given good results in the last two years, obtaining unpublished recordings of infractions. Some of them have been published on social networks.
But the DGT insists that its objective is not to collect, but to persuade drivers to slow down and comply with road safety regulations.
They have been able to assimilate a new technology such as drone, and they are already integrating another one: artificial intelligence in photo and video recognition.