Speed cameras in the UK could soon become smarter, if trials in Southwark, London, and Cornwall are successful.

The adapted cameras use a system called SpeedSpike, created by British company PIPS Technology, which captures the license plate of a car with one camera, geotags it via GPS, and then compares speed when the same plate crosses a second point. If the speed between them is too rapid, the driver must have been going over the legal limit.

Around 5000 cameras are currently in operation in the UK, and statistics have proven that, although controversial, they are reducing the number of road traffic fatalities.

However, it will be costly to replace all of them with the new system, and it really depends on the result of the General Election and subsequent budget requirements as to whether or not the SpeedSpike cameras will be rolled-out in any great number.