Listen Now: Peace and Quiet
Chinese cities are getting technical about a little peace and quiet.
There are more than five million registered cars in the city of Beijing, and more often than not traffic is crawling at half the speed it does in New York. As the frustration and impatience climbs so does the honking of horns. So much so, that the constant noise has made Beijing the sixth noisiest city in the world.
Now in an attempt to silence drivers the city has installed twenty acoustic cameras designed to identify honking cars. The cameras installed near schools and hospitals use thirty two microphones and an h-d camera to capture a two second video and your license plate. The police then look at the video to see if the honking was warranted, if it wasn’t you receive a $16 fine.
And considering how many times a day you’re on the road those fines can add up. The government is also considering facial recognition cameras that link to social credit scores. The more you honk, the lower your score.
It might be time to consider public transportation.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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