Humor: Check Out the Traffic Cam Overkill at this Chinese Street Light


One of the more controversial forms of government photography involves traffic cameras, which wind up in privacy-related news so often we’ve actually never written an article about them. This Chinese intersection, however, warrants some attention if for no other reason than to give you a good chuckle.

According to Hug China, the intersection can be found in Shanghai’s Baoshan District, and you’ll immediately notice something strange about it: there are a total of 60 security cameras above it!.

Originally, this street light was only surveyed by 24 cameras. But the powers that be either found that woefully inadequate or really like the number 60, because they’ve added 36 more to bring the number to a round 60 — good luck running a red light and not getting caught here folks.


The company who installed the cameras claims they were necessary to monitor traffic flow, but after receiving a massive (entirely justified?) amount of ridicule for putting 60 traffic cameras on one street light, the government recently decided to remove them altogether.

The photographs were taken by the website NetEase, where you can see a few more angles of the intersection from before the cameras were mercifully taken down.

(via Sploid)

  • 11

    redundancy as a measure against high component failure?

  • Rob S

    “We have a contract to instal 60 traffic cameras in town but we have to finish by tomorrow. Make it happen!”

  • hyungsup Kim

    hahahahahahahahaah this is so funny

  • brob

    why why why?

  • RMJ

    As far as I can tell, it only has 17 cameras.

  • harumph

    It’ll turn out to be a Banksy art installation.

  • markz

    yep most of them seem to be “peripherals” speed radars strobes etc ,
    in the case of the speed sensors adding multiples makes sense as it can help isolate individual cars on a multilane road either by having each one simply being focused on separate specific spots (then matching that spot to a camera image) or allowing triangulation to isolate a speeding car from a group .

    but of course this is the internet where truth is usually little more than a nuisance to writing a news story and “17 cameras and 23 sensors” doesn’t sound anywhere near as impressive “40 traffic cam overkill”.

  • kassim

    Too much money to spend?

  • Stormin

    yeah, like the border patrol ‘scanner’ sites in AZ and TX along I-8 and I-10 (not even near the border) where they shoot you with UV and IR and cross check all vehicle occupants against who knows how many databases…

    but then you could just shoot lasers into them and damage them

  • Happy_Tinfoil_Cat

    Having lived there for short period of time I can say each camera they install is a money maker. Most drivers pay no attention whatsoever to the signals.

  • Alan Dove

    Since when does China enforce traffic laws?

  • Elliott Bishop

    I would assume they’re attempting to time-slice (bullet time) an accident in real time hahaha

  • Crissa

    It looks like they were more a test-platform, as only a few are even the same kind of camera.

  • Crissa

    And that’s better somehow?

  • RMJ

    60/17 = 3,529