April 11, 2012 AT 11:31 am

Arduino based Red Light Camera Alerter with Adafruit gear!

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Red Light Camera Alerter @ PlastiBots.

I had the chance to play with some new components – namely the Adafruit Monochrome 128×32 OLED display and the Adafruit UP501 66 channel GPS receiver. As I was pondering ideas of what to build, I thought that it would be neat to be alerted when approaching a red light camera.  In my local area (Southern Ontario), there are currently about a hundred or so of these cameras around the GTA.  However, it appears that new legislation may see this number grow much larger.   This is more of a proof of concept project to me than it is useful as, a) I don’t intend on trying to run any red lights, and b) there are only about 1 or 2 of them within the area.   However, it was fun to build and tweak to make it useful.  Read on…

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2 Comments

  1. This is a feature that Garmon or TomTom should add to their auto GPS units.

  2. Ken – google for red light poi, and you should be able to upload the point of interests to your navigator, which can alert you.

    Very cool project.

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