By Brian RogersCar cameras are a growing part of modern life, and we’re now in the midst of a global race to keep our vehicles up to date with the latest technology.
But the world is not immune to the threat posed by car thieves.
A new camera system is designed to catch these scammers and help save lives.
The SpyPoint Trail Camera system uses advanced software to capture a 3D image of the vehicle in the moment of its collision and then upload it to a computer.
The image is then used to determine the cause of the collision.
The technology is being tested in the United States, where there have been nearly 300 car accidents since 2007, according to a 2014 report from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Some of the incidents have involved vehicles that were not in the owner’s vehicle.
In Australia, the system has been in use since 2011, and a similar system was used in Canada in 2012.
It’s a very small number of collisions that are considered serious enough for the system to be tested, but for most of these it will only be used in the US and Canada.
It can also be used to track stolen cars in a car park, where it can see who is behind the wheel.
“It’s something that I would never have thought of in the first place,” said Adrian McKeague, from the University of Adelaide, who co-developed the system.
“I was thinking about how we would use it but it was a bit of a pipe dream to realise this.”
But it’s the first time we’ve really put this system into use in Australia.
“SpyPoint Trail Cameras were developed by a group of engineers at the University on the University’s South Australian campus.”
In the United Kingdom we were looking at similar solutions, but that was a very expensive proposition,” Mr McKeagues co-founder, Matthew Burdett, told the ABC.”
And we wanted to use a system that was very small and cheap.
“A spy camera mounted to a car’s dashboard will give drivers an improved view of the road ahead, enabling them to better assess the road surface, and identify vehicles ahead.”
You can actually see the speed of the cars in front of you,” he said.”
We’ve got the radar on the front of the car, which is the camera that’s mounted on the dash.
“It’s hoped the SpyPoint system will be adopted by other countries and will help police catch people who have stolen their vehicles.”
If they are in a hurry, and they don’t realise what’s happening, you can still track them down,” Mr Burdetts said.
Police say if a stolen car is found and the owner can be identified, the theft can be reported to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) and if a vehicle is found abandoned and is stolen, the police can pursue a criminal charge.
A car with a stolen SpyPoint Camera can be detected at a police station in a matter of minutes.”
The car will actually disappear out of the picture,” Mr Mudd said.
If you’re in Australia and your car is missing, and it has a spy camera, we would like to hear from you.
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