Cops Will Soon ID You Via Your Roof Rack
Published on May 16, 2018 at 11:20PM
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: On Tuesday, one of the largest license plate reader (LPR) manufacturers, ELSAG, announced a major upgrade to “allow investigators to search by color, seven body types, 34 makes, and nine visual descriptors in addition to the standard plate number, location, and time.” Such a vast expansion of the tech now means that evading such scans will be even more difficult.
“Using advanced computer vision software, ELSAG ALPR data can now be processed to include the vehicle’s make, type — sedan, SUV, hatchback, pickup, minivan, van, box truck — and general color — red, blue, green, white and yellow,” ELSAG continued. “The solution actively recognizes the 34 most-common vehicle brands on US roads.” Plus, the company says, the software is now able to visually identity things like a “roof rack, spare tire, bumper sticker, or a ride-sharing company decal.”
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