Transportation officials in the Bay Area have secretly been watching cars on an undisclosed freeway for weeks.
They have been testing out a camera system that counts how many passengers are in vehicles traveling in the carpool lane in an attempt to catch those trying to cheat the delicate system designed to ease the flow of traffic and prevent excess air pollution.
Although no tickets will be issued to drivers caught unlawfully using the lane during this experiment, if the Metropolitan Transportation Commission decides to permanently adopt the technology, all motorists will be fair game.
MTC has contracted three companies - Conduent, Transcor and Indra - to keep testing the same span of freeway over the next several months.
The companies are said to have accuracy rates greater than 95 percent in other areas where they're used.
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