Michael, Many large infrastructures such as bridges, as well as major intersections *are* monitored and for good reasons. In the USA as well as around the world.
I work in wireless communication and for many years we have provided video backhaul for these types of applications. Not to snoop on anyone, but to allow detection of suspicious behavior where it can affect a lot of people, such as a critical connecting bridge, as well as traffic flow / accidents to know when diversion/assistence is needed. This market was in addition to our existing markets such as connecting ferries, yachts, trains and other mobile platforms to the internet so you can connect to the Wireless Hotspot onboard or watch the latest news streamed live. Historically it was to connect people living where no wires were present or only an overloaded telephone switch for dial-up. Soon cars will have in-seat entertainment with internet connectivity and cars will communicate to each other to avoid conflicts on the road (no more blind spot crashes or driving into the tail of a traffic jam) as well as optimize performance, efficiency and R&R. One example is to have select long-distance drivers to which you can "latch on" to form a road train and the driving is automatic until you like to leave the "train". That means that you do not need to pay attention and watch concrete and steel cans for hours at end. An automated road train can minimize inter-car spacing to take up less space, consume less fuel (drafting) and allow the "following drivers" to concentrate on more productive things. Maybe pay a moderate fee like 1 penny per mile to the selected driver for the convenience, so the lead of a good road train may recoup his/her fuel costs during that trip as incentive. Just some ideas and quite simple to implement with the already existing drive-by-wire in modern cars today. Certainly much easier than complete self-driving car. Maybe an EV is not the best platform for such a car, though I see new developments in car manufacturing, making cars both smarter and different propulsion systems - I bet that a Tesla would not be too difficult to turn into such a vehicle and Google had a reason to choose Prius to start their experiments with the self-driving car - it was the most computerized vehicle, including the steering which can be affected via the CAN bus as demonstrated some time ago. Many drivers are now also recording their daily trips as a matter of routine - cameras have become small and cheap enough to do this and it avoids issues with what actually happened in case of a conflict and in some countries, it protects against the common insurance fraude claims. Regards, Cor van de Water Chief Scientist Proxim Wireless Corporation http://www.proxim.com <http://www.proxim.com> Email: cwa...@proxim.com Private: http://www.cvandewater.info <http://www.cvandewater.infom> Skype: cor_van_de_water Tel: +1 408 383 7626 ________________________________ From: Michael Ross [mailto:michael.e.r...@gmail.com] Sent: Friday, August 01, 2014 10:34 AM To: Cor van de Water; Electric Vehicle Discussion List Subject: Re: [EVDL] Fwd: TD - 2433(1) - CCTV successfully downloaded I am sure if we had a law enforcement surveillance network that the police could requisition video from it. We are however, mercifully free of that, at least on a broad scale. -------------- next part -------------- An HTML attachment was scrubbed... URL: <http://lists.evdl.org/private.cgi/ev-evdl.org/attachments/20140801/96ac9cf6/attachment.htm> _______________________________________________ UNSUBSCRIBE: http://www.evdl.org/help/index.html#usub http://lists.evdl.org/listinfo.cgi/ev-evdl.org For EV drag racing discussion, please use NEDRA (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NEDRA)