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Surveillance system catches car dingers

Wednesday - 8/3/2011, 6:36am  ET

Evan Haning,

UNDATED - Intel Research has developed an on-board surveillance system that can capture video of culprits who damage parked cars, then drive away. It can even send real-time video to a driver's smartphone.

Even before inventor Victor Lortz could demonstrate the system, the crowd at the Research@Intel conference broke into applause, reports.

This electronic watchdog is so sensitive and fast that its sensors can be triggered by a shopping cart rolling across a parking lot.

But don't expect to see this technology at your local auto parts store anytime soon. It is part of an integrated system that would need to be tuned for specific locations, makes and models of cars.

Intel is also investigating integrated systems that could track a car's performance and share that data with the carmaker. Such tracking could also share drivers' performance with insurance companies, Lortz tells Technology Review.

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