According to reports, speeding tickets may be a thing of the past in Europe as the E.U. may require cars to electronically detect speed limits and prevent cars from going over them.
This blog has written before about the potentially huge impact of automobile auto-pilot technology being developed by Google and other companies. These changes could change crime and law enforcement in ways unimaginable a few years ago. Take two examples, drug interdiction and DWI.
As cars incorporating these technologies become available and then more affordable and widespread, intoxicated drivers and people carrying contraband will simply activate the auto pilot to reach their destination. If there is no traffic violation, there will likely be no traffic stop leading to a DWI arrest. Similarly, many large and small drug arrests result from legitimate and contrived traffic stops. Hearings and trials that previously turned on the testimony of eye witnesses may now be resolved through analysis of data from computers and event data recorders.
With fewer cars making fewer traffic violations due to computer control, fewer police and fewer courts and lawyers will be necessary.