A My Tracks user was given a ticket for driving over the speed limit. His Android phone disagreed. So did the judge.
Here’s an interesting story of how an Android smartphone was able to help a man get out of a speeding ticket. Sahas Katta was driving through a 25 mph school zone when he was pulled over for speeding. The officer said he was going 40. He took the ticket but later discovered that his Droid was recording his GPS data over time with a Google (GOOG) app called MyTracks.
The app said that during the time the phone was recording, he never exceeded 26 mph, well under what the officer had cited him for. He decided to fight the ticket.
When it came time for his day in court, Katta questioned the officer about the radar gun he was using and then presented his data:
The judge found him not guilty but was careful not to include his GPS phone information in the judgement.
It isn’t clear how accurate his GPS readings were and how often the phone took a reading (he could have accelerated to 40 and then stopped between readings?). It’s also possible to falsify the data that the GPS read at a later time, so it is doubtful that this type of information would be admissible in courts.
However, it is an interesting tale of technology helping one man get out of a traffic ticket.