Dubai Police may use Google Glass to issue fines to motorists

High tech device could also help officers identify wanted cars and is currently being evaluated by authorities

Dubai Police has announced plans to use Google Glass to issue fines to motorists and identify wanted cars.

The wearable technology, compatible with both Android and iOS platforms, comes with a display that mirrors the effect of a 63.5cm HD screen placed 2.4 metres from the user, and features a 5MP camera.

Dubai Police Smart Services Department is currently reviewing the newly released technology for use by traffic police. The department's general director, Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, told UAE daily Gulf News that his team has created two apps in-house for traffic officers.

"One will allow them to take photos of traffic violations from the Glass, which will go instantly into our system, and the other application helps identify wanted cars," he explained.

To take photos using Glass, the user only needs to tap the side of the device and the photo, including location and date-time data, is sent to Dubai Police servers.

The second app requires only a look at number plates to enact a search of a wanted vehicles database, which will return an alert message if there is a match on the viewed licence plate.

"We at Dubai Police always try to adopt what is new in the market and we like to stay up to date," Al Razooqi said.

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Posted by: Canuck

How about getting more police out on the roads and not showing up (20+ mins later) when an accident happens? They should be patrolling the roads, not on mobile phones sitting in the cars on a back street, somewhere. Now with google glass, more sitting around. Most accidents happen due to speeding and not using signals. I'd say that, from driving every day for hours each day for the past 6 years, that 80% or more of motorists do NOT use indicators when changing lanes and a frightening amount of that 80% do so at fast speed. I've never seen, heard of or have come to know about one single person pulled over and fined for not using indicators. Are google glasses going to find someone a km away not indicating and putting others in danger??

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