Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the "routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.I've been surprised that RFID chips haven't been placed in license plates yet. This would eliminate the need to have a separate IPass unit for the toll roads, and make it simpler to do those cameras at intersections.
The arms manufacturer BAE Systems, which produces a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Spy drones: Coming to a highway near you?
Sure, this story is from the U.K., but since some highways already warn of speeder surveillance by aircraft, spy drones would be no surprise at all here.