Patrick Bedard The ASL Button Push it and Let Big Brother Drive…

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The ASL Button: Push it and Let Big Brother

The skin of the new Jaguar XK is shrink-wrapped its two-plus-two cockpit and pulled tightly into a long, flow of aluminum. Effortless that’s the promise, as it has been that day in 1949 when the XK, the voluptuous 120, justified its by topping 120 mph in an official record run in

As I was trying out the ’07 coupe’s seat for the first time, a man from Jaguar Cars into the leather bucket me and began to explain the controls. A red the size of a half-dollar next to the starts the 300-hp V-8. most expensive cars days, the XK has a control screen in the dash; he poked at it expertly, jab bringing a beep, the computer of the Yassuh! we used to hear Rochester when Jack summoned him.

The last on his guided tour was opposite the big red button. It was similarly large and exactly placed to complete the of the console layout. Only an button would dare such a prominent location. It was ASL.

The Jaguar man explained its purpose: it on and set the speed using the cruise-control on the steering wheel. Then the sportster will run into a of Jell-O at the preset speed. ASL automatic speed limiter.

Why anyone want that? My kept repeating that throughout the morning drive. Matkin is the chief engineer of Vehicle Engineering, and when I sat him at lunch, I ventured that ASL earn my Most Worthless award for 2006.

He didn’t He said the limiter is absolutely for driving in Britain. The speed are everywhere. He’s already had two tickets. Exceeding the speed simply isn’t an option in zones.

The U.K. now has about speed cameras, 3500 of installed in fixed locations various roads. The rest around like terrorists, from changing positions. a start of just 290 convictions in the take has risen to 1.9 million in 2003 worth £144 Now the Association of British Drivers is protesting a new technology called that claims a six-fold in the ability of these cameras to tickets.

The old method of processing photographs camera partnerships to raise the that triggers a ticket so the processing system would not be said an ABD spokesman. Each for example, could only about 800 tickets per day. The new boosts that figure to tickets per day.

How tight is In 2001 the Association of Chief Officers, a cop industry group, guidance: 33 mph in a 30 zone could be Few localities have turned the that tight, in part they couldn’t process But StarTraq changes everything.

The Brits are turning their into farms. Amber of traffic fines. Talk a cash crop harvest is 24/7. And a share of the cash is back into the scheme in the of the British press; that is, to buy cameras.

More cameras more fines which more cameras which, in bring more big round marked ASL.

About Most Worthless Feature I spoke too soon. The first cameras have just planted along a U.S. Three of them look way on Route 101 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

only a test, the city Nine months. Then be over.

Yeah, right. The are armored and weatherproofed in heavy containers. Piezo loops been implanted into the The camel’s nose is under the back to the second hump, and not leaving.

On its surface streets, has long used both cameras and photo radar. But freeways have been zones until now. The 101 is a loop circling greater with only 7.8 miles through Scottsdale. That is one of the most dangerous in the state, Scottsdale.

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The Arizona Department of Transportation The highway patrol, called the of Public Safety in Arizona, disagrees. Jack Lane, the chief, provided statistics compared the 101, both and outside Scottsdale, with freeways in the metro area. the years 2003 through there were 33 deaths on the three of them in Scottsdale.

also insists that is endemic on the 101. Here it may a point. The 65-mph limit is ignored. But aren’t speed supposed to be set at the 85th-percentile of free-flowing speed? Why should the limit be 65 mph on the 101 seemingly identical freeways the are posted at 75 in Arizona?

Scottsdale concedes the point. The ticketing at 76 mph.

The system does not use so radar detectors offer no Instead, sensing loops been cut into the pavement. You see them. Each lane has a sensor, telling the cameras where to focus.

You won’t notice the sensors, but the are huge, birdhouses sized for mounted on posts. You can see them

We’ve heard for years speed kills. Scottsdale, in its pronouncements, stops the discussion there. Speed is the problem, and enforcement is the solution. But state Dean Martin doesn’t buy it. He me the actual causes of the deaths on 101: One was a wrong-way driver, one a police chase, and the third was a Early this year, cranking up the photo system, was another fatality. A drunk past the cameras, lost it, and the freeway wall, Martin me.

Cameras, of course, do nothing drunks. The best they can do is out a speeding ticket a few weeks the fact. Martin has a better He wrote a bill that take the same percent of the that Scottsdale gives to the contractor running the photo and instead use it to put additional patrolmen on the Scottsdale lobbied heavily his bill and got it killed in committee.

Why? The city’s Web site away the game when it camera revenues will pay for the system over the first months. After that

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