Mobile urban radars enter testing phase

Mobile urban radars enter testing phase

Urban radar

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Urban radar

A new type of radar, much more complicated to find, should very soon enter service in cities.

In the large family of radars, you are no doubt familiar with fixed radars, turret radars, fire radars, construction radars or even those capable of detecting whether there are several of you in a car when you take the road. a dedicated carpool queue.

We will soon also have to be wary of urban radars which, as its name suggests, will be installed in cities. These control devices have a small feature in addition to being very small: they can be moved since they are very easily attached to street furniture, at the level of a traffic light for example or a dedicated mast.

The first two cities in France to experiment with this device are Montpellier and Montbéliard. Thus, during the month of November, a dozen urban radars will be installed for six months of experimentation. The entire device will not be active, some will serve as decoys to encourage motorists to slow down. Since they are easily movable, it will be more complicated to report them on the dedicated applications.

Furthermore, these small boxes are no longer equipped with flash since they are now infrared. As a result, you can get flashed without necessarily realizing it. This box would also be able to detect several infringements. For the moment, during tests, they will simply be adjusted to detect speeding, in both directions of traffic, and crossing a red light.

These radars are mobile, remains to know if they will be flagged upstream each time they are moved. These boxes will be invoiced between 30,000 and 40,000 euros and the two manufacturers have already signed a contract with the State to the tune of 149 million euros until 2030. We should therefore quickly see them flourish. in our city centers. Here is perhaps another good reason to let go of your car in the city center for good, as the traffic becomes more and more difficult and soon certainly prohibited on certain axes.

“If it works, we will install, in 2021, at least one per municipality in the Metropolis”, declared Vincent Montel, the head of road safety of the departmental direction of the territories and the sea of ​​the Hérault to the newspaper Midi-Libre. These radars still need to be approved following these full-scale tests. “It means: does it lower the speed? Does it lower the number of accidents? Does it appease motorists? If it does not, we will say that the experiment is failed “ Vincent Montel added.

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