Watch Out: "Cyclops" on your way * UK - Another traffic spy is heading your way
Car-sharing lanes are coming to Britain in a bid to tackle rising congestion and a new smart camera will help to police them
Leeds,UK -The Sunday Times, by Emma Smith -January 27, 2008: -- There’s a new traffic camera coming to a road near you and it’s cleverer than all the others. It is codenamed Cyclops and will be used to enforce the government’s latest idea for reducing congestion: car sharing... Cyclops can detect how many people are in a vehicle, allowing the authorities to fine anyone using a car-sharing lane without a passenger. It works in the dark and can even spot the difference between a real person and a dummy... The brainchild of Professor John Tyrer, a mechanical engineer and specialist in laser technology at Loughborough University, its official name is “dtect”, though researchers call it Cyclops because its single optical aperture looks like an eye... The first one is due to be erected by Leeds city council next month, as part of a trial on the city’s car-sharing lane, which runs for about a mile on the A647 into the city centre. It could pave the way for a national network of car-sharing lanes... The Highways Agency is also considering using the cameras to police its first car-sharing lane in West Yorkshire, due to open in the spring. The £4m high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane is being built on the hard shoulder of a 1.7mile stretch of road linking the southbound M606 to the eastbound M62, a busy commuter route between Bradford and Leeds, and will be open to buses, motorbikes, and cars with two or more occupants...