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‘High-tech pervert’ films nudist bathers

Spanish police have arrested a Malaga man who was filming beachgoers at a nudist beach with a DIY version of Google Glass.

'High-tech pervert' films nudist bathers
The cheeky voyeur was caught red-handed on a beach in the Andalusian town of Benalmádena on Friday. Photo: Jeffrey/Flickr

The cheeky voyeur was caught red-handed on a beach in the Andalusian town of Benalmádena on Friday.

One beachgoer alerted local police after he spotted the man wearing a pair of outlandish shades which he was constantly adjusting.

The irate nudist held the suspect down until officers were at the scene, local daily Diario Sur reported on Thursday.

When questioned, the 48-year-old admitted he’d been filming naked women along the beach with his “spy shades”, which had an adjustable lens in the middle of the frame.

Police, who arrested the voyeur for invasion of privacy, found a video camera, a regular camera, a pen drive and half a dozen memory cards in the man’s beach bag.

The news comes as privacy concerns are being voiced about the impending arrival of Google Glass.

The tech giant has been under scrutiny over the issue of people being secretly filmed or photographed with this new wearable computer.

But Google has talked down concerns by saying the new software requires users to give an explicit command such as “Glass, take a picture”.

The high-end device will also light up when the camera or video are activated.

Google Glass prototypes are currently on sale for €1125 ($1500). 

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TECHNOLOGY

Malaga to trial Spain’s first self-driving bus

Spain’s first self-driving bus will begin to take public passengers from this Saturday, February 20th.

Malaga to trial Spain's first self-driving bus
Image: Largeroliker / WikiCommons

Created as part of the AutoMOST R + D + I project in participation with Avanza bus company and Malaga City Council, the 12-metre electric bus features autonomous driving technology and will be a revolutionary addition to the transport system.

The mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, companied by the president of the Port of Malaga Authority, Carlos Rubio, and the general director of Avanza, Valentin Alonso were the first to ride in this driverless bus.

Mayor de la Torre said “Malaga has been a pioneer in creating ways to improve life in the city”. “We were also the first city to implement contactless cards on buses,” he added.

The self-driving bus is the first of its kind to circulate in real traffic and will be in operation on line 90 from the Maritime Station in the port area to the Paseo del Parque in the front of the City Hall.

Malaga will become the first European city to implement this new autonomous driving technology in a bus, which is also environmentally friendly, run fully on electricity and which produces zero emissions.

The city council said in a statement that this move reinforces Malaga’s commitment to sustainable mobility and the use of new technologies adapted to transport.

In previous projects, self-driving tests have only been carried out using smaller vehicles, not the standard 12-metre buses that are in daily circulation around the city.

12-metre buses are the world standard, so in theory it will be possible to implement this same type of technology in other models of the same size around the world.

In order for the technology to work, Malaga City Council has invested 180,000 euros in smart traffic lights, which communicate with the bus telling it when to go and stop.

Initially the self-driving bus will run for three weeks, but the traffic lights will remain in place, allowing for the implementation of other self-driving systems in the future, such as driverless cars.

For the next three weeks, residents can ride the self-driving bus completely free of charge. It will operate from Saturday February 20th to March 13th, from Tuesdays to Saturdays 9:30am to 2:30pm.

You can book a ticket on the bus in advance by visiting www.emtmalaga.es

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