Now, there's a noise radar to detect, fine loud cars
Catching traffic offenders has never been easy, but over the last few years, authorities across the world have been deploying sophisticated AI-powered technologies to make the process a tad easier. Now, as part of the same effort, the city of Paris, France, has deployed a novel 'noise radar' - a device capable of detecting and fining loud vehicles automatically. Here's all about it.
Noise pollution from vehicles is a major problem
People living in Paris, which also happens to be the most populous city of France, have long been battling the problem of noise pollution. The thundering revving of souped-up cars and motorcycles not just pollutes the air in the city but also messes with the peace of residential neighborhoods. This is why authorities have now resorted to using technology to tackle the problem.
High-tech 'noise radars' to pinpoint, fine loud vehicles
As Reuters reports, Paris is testing 'noise radars' in select parts of the city. The device, developed by non-profit organization Bruitparif, uses four microphones to measure sound levels every tenth of a second and triangulate the location of its source. Then, it links the incoming sound to CCTV footage to pinpoint the vehicle making the heightened noise and fine it accordingly.
Over 50 noise radars already deployed
As of now, over 50 noise radars have been deployed, with nearly 40 being near busy bars of the city and others around major buildings. The devices have been in operation for a while, but they are not being used for imposing fines because a draft law incorporating such systems needs to be approved. It is expected to be passed in the coming months.
Evidently, this would significantly help local authorities
France already has a rule against excessive vehicle noise but it solely relies on manual detection and ticketing at present. This device will make things a lot easier, allowing cops to find and nab people who show off the power of their Ferraris or Harley Davidsons and make exceeding noise limits in the process. Notably, the tech will be tested for a two-year-long period.