Parisians may now need to reconsider before taking to the streets to boast of their powerful cars with big noisy engines, as parts of the French capital Paris (now the suburb of Villeneuve-le-Roi) have begun testing the "noise radar" system.
The radar, developed by the Paris-based nonprofit Protprev, which monitors environmental noise in the city of Paris, can identify vehicles that produce loud noise and ultimately issue a violation.
The system uses four microphones to identify the sound source and connect it to surveillance cameras to see which vehicle makes that noise.
|57 radars are being tested, 40 of which have been placed near bars in Paris's entertainment districts (Reuters)|
Fifty-seven radar systems are currently being tested, of which forty have been placed mainly near bars in Paris' recreational areas, along with 17 devices around major buildings.
The experiment, which lasts two years, is not intended to violate anyone right now, but to test the success of the technology and determine the noise levels that lead to sanctions.
However, strong car owners should not be comfortable with this, since this fall a vote will be made on a draft law that allows local police to test the issue of noise radar fines.