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The hi-tech camera is being tested to catch speeding motorists

Tests are taking place of a new type of speed camera combining number plate recognition and satellite technology.

PIPS Technology says its devices capture a car's position and works out an average speed over a distance.

Cameras within a designated area compare location data to assess if speed limits have been broken.

The SpeedSpike is being trialled in Southwark, south London, and on the A374 in Cornwall, MPs on the Commons transport select committee were told.

PIPS Technology, which devised the system, said it could be used on motorways, A roads, rat-runs and in areas surrounding schools.

In a written answer to the select committee, the company said its test sites were in Salter Road in Southwark and the A374 from Torpoint to Antony. With new complex technology comes the risk of errors and so the government must issue clear guidance on how these systems should be used

Paul Watters, AA
Paul Watters, AA head of public affairs, said while it supported speed cameras, there were worries over calculating average speeds over longer distances.

“We have some concerns about how far these systems extend along roads with many different speed limits impacting on a driver's journey, how well drivers understand them and how well the zones are signed,” he said.

“Camera enforcement is now high profile with conspicuous cameras and signing – we hope that continues.

“With new complex technology comes the risk of errors and so the government must issue clear guidance on how these systems should be used.”

The Home Office has declined to comment on the trials.

PIPS Technology is run from the US and has offices in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

The company created the Spike Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera used in London's congestion charging zone.