Avoiding Speed Cameras Using GPS Now Illegal In Switzerland
from the location-based-service dept
Over the years, drivers have developed various ways of warning each other about speed traps, such as flashing your brights a couple of times, to let drivers in the oncoming lanes know that there's a police car waiting up ahead. As anti-speeding methods have evolved, so too have the counter measures. To deal with the increasing prevalence of speed surveillance cameras, some GPS devices let drivers know when they're in an area that is monitored by these cameras. Now the Swiss government is fighting back, announcing that several GPS devices are now illegal, because they can be used to help drivers avoid these cameras. It's easy to see other governments following suit, just as radar detectors were roundly banned after they got too popular. Still, it's going to be hard to enforce this ban. While they can ban certain makes of GPS devices, it's going to be tougher to prevent someone from downloading the same application to a GPS-enabled handset that sets of an alarm whenever the car nears a danger zone.