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by Mike Zazaian September 5, 2006 - 3:51am, 35 Comments

Intelligent Street Sign

It’s always a little spooky driving by those city-placed spedometers that display your speed in bright yellow numbers, but imagine what it’s like to see your license plate number as well.

Britain’s M42 roadway is well-known for being the first to test all kinds of traffic-control prototypes, the newest of which is an electronic street sign that displays not only motorists’ speed, but their license plate number as well. While currently the street signs aren’t wired to write out any automatic speeding tickets like the camera-based systems in the United States, the signs serve to keep motorists modest and remind them that they could be given a ticket for their actions.

Up until this point in the trials approximately half of all traffic slows to the speed limit when encountering the signs, placed at 500 meter intervals along the roadway, marking a significant move toward an eventual “watchful” highway system both abroad, and perhaps in the United States.