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AI Is Now Used In Australia To Catch Drivers Using Their Phones

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Technology has come to change the enforcement of traffic laws. In Australia Artificial intelligence (AI) cameras capable of spotting drivers who are using their phones illegally have been activated.


The New South Wales (NSW) Transport started employing these cameras on 1st December 2018.


A trial period in the first half of 2019 successfully detected 100,000 drivers using a phone illegally.


Drivers spotted by the AI during its first three months of use will receive only a warning letter. After that, they could face a fine.


“Some people have not got the message about using their phones legally and safely,” said Andrew Constance, Minister for roads.


“If they think they can continue to put the safety of themselves, their passengers and the community at risk without consequence they are in for a rude shock.”


The AI is made to work in all weather conditions, NSW Transport says. Also, the detection network will expand to 45 AI-equipped cameras by 2023, according to NSW Transport.


The authority believes the detection system is the first of its kind in the world.

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The AI Can Work In Any Wheather Condition

It uses its high-definition cameras to take photos of the front-row cabin space of vehicles, in “all weather conditions”.


“Images that the automated system considers likely to contain a driver illegally using a mobile phone are verified by authorised personnel,” NSW said on a web page about the cameras.


Following a three-month warning period, any driver caught by the cameras will receive penalty points and an A$344 (£180) fine, or an A$457 fine in a school zone.


In the United Kingdom, Thames Valley and Hampshire police launched a system earlier this year. It is capable of detecting mobile phone signals coming from road vehicles.


However, it is not capable of telling whether drivers or passengers are using the phones and therefore cannot be used as an enforcement tool.


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