We've heard a few stories here and there of people trying to use GPS data to get out of speeding tickets, and apparently in some cases it's working. A guy who was running some tracking software on his Android smartphone realized well after he received a speeding ticket that the phone had actually been tracking his speed and showed he was not, in fact, violating the speed limit
. When it came time to protest the ticket, the judge was a bit skeptical, but the guy had a lot of info backing him up:
I then presented my time stamped GPS data with details about my average moving speed and maximum speed during my short drive home. Both numbers were well within the posted speed limits.
I also made it clear to the judge that I had no other prior driving records or violations. After a lengthy pause, the judge asked how I obtained the GPS tracking information. I provided a detailed explanation about my new awesome smart phone, the application in use, and how I exported the data. After questioning whether the data was reliable, I mentioned the in progress Sonoma County Superior Court trial regarding the same matter about the credibility of both technologies.
The judge found him not guilty but was careful not to include his GPS phone information in the judgement.
Perhaps it's time to start tracking my driving habits on my phone...