Paranoid Central! Tyre cameras

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  1. grober

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    Just when we were getting resigned to living with speed cameras, technology has come up with a new device to strike fear into the hearts of motorists. The Tyre Camera! A sophisticated device of a combination of high-speed cameras and lasers to accurately measure the depth of each tyre groove, and sounds a warning if the central 75 per cent of the tyre has less than 1.6mm of tread.


    Read more: Tyre cameras revealed | News | Auto Express
     
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    Would that be Summer tyres or Winter Tyres :D
     
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    Looks like a lethal surface for motorcycles. I very much doubt it could be used in its current form.

    The 75% of the breadth of the tyre comment, I don't ever recall it stipulating that it was the center 75% anywhere... Perhaps I am mistaken?
     
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    Is it possible the center being 75% is just the current setting for where it is in Germany.. It might be set differently if it's brought into use over here.

    Normally I wouldn't mind this system, however it does seem exceedingly costly per system, and then drivers are corralled into a checkpoint afterwards... So it's really only going to be effective on those days they have the checkpoints set up.
     
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    So how does this wonderful brave-new-world technology work if you have just come off a dirt track and your tyre tread is full of mud? Or water if it's been raining? Or snow if it's been snowing?

    :doh:
     
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    So I presume they would stop you, clean out the grooves and recheck...

    As long as it means more police on the roads (even if it's checking tyre grooves) I'm up for it...

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    The issue about the checkpoints having to be manned can be addressed by linking the system to an enforcement camera to capture the car's number plate as it drives away.

    But surely the biggest flaw is that the device needs to be installed into the road surface, so anyone who knows their tyres are dodgy is just going to avoid driving on roads where the scanners are located.
     
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    As an aside, in Germany they have a device that goes on autobahn bridges and measures the distance between cars (to catch 'tailgaters') My father in law received an automated ticket from one ...
     
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    That's all very well, but how long would we all be expected to wait in the queue, when the detectors flag every passing vehicle for inspection because everyone's tyres are clogged with mud/snow?

    How much free time are we to be expected to donate to the cause? :crazy:
     
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    It'd be cheaper to just manufacture tyres that give you a warning on the dash at 1.6mm and then explode once they hit 1.4mm.
     
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    That is brilliant! They should introduce that here, probably be far better at reducing accidents than speed cameras :thumb:
     
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    Be better if they nuked the lead car if it's driver is too scared to pass a lorry so slows down on a dual carriageway bend, as has just happened to me tonight.

    After eventually passing the lorry on the straight he pulled in only to pull straight back out again as he was catching a van.

    At that point I think he could feel the heat off my engine...
     
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    It does.

    A minimum of 1.6mm in a continuous band throughout the central three-quarters of the tread width, throughout the whole of the circumference (see illustration below).
     
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    I don't see the problem, change your tyres before the tread gets too low and check them regularly, what can be the problem?
     
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    You get less Summer grip.
     
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    I tend to change around 2-3mm anyway.
     
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    I wonder what they will do with the data?
    Coupled with a standard camera they will know what make of tyre (by the tread pattern I presume) is on which vehicle.

    Then we will get personalised ads and letters from tyre companies, all curtesy of DVLA
     
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    Don't get me started... I drove on the M40 last night... did 20 miles between Oxford and the M25 in the slow lane... which was totally and utterly clear. Only 1 car in the slow lane, which happened to be a german-plated 3-series...

    The other two lanes were crammed, with people driving at 50-60mph... it was pathetic! In the slow lane I was doing a "healthy" 70ish... while in the other lanes they were crawling...

    Made no sense!
     

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