George Orwell really did get it right back in 1948, didn’t he? The latest is from Down Under, where a firm called Acoustic Research Laboratories in New South Wales is selling noise-activated cameras to several of Australia’s state governments.
ARL specializes in "the design of environmental noise and vibration monitoring instrumentation," according to their website.
The system apparently uses microphones that activate video cameras beyond a certain vehicle sound level (some sort of algorithm is supposed to filter out other sounds), which then take a 10-second vid & sound clip using number plate ID recognition to nail offenders.
So far it’s been apparently targeted toward heavy trucks in its sole installation in Mount Ousley (a suburb of Woolongong, the home town of hard-ass 1987 500 cc world champion Wayne Gardner), but ARL says the system could easily be expanded to include horns, loud exhausts, whatever.
The next prospective world champ from Woolongong may have to do his practicing well out in the countryside.