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Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones


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A driver caught using his phone while driving.

New South Wales, Australia, is starting to use cameras to catch distracted drivers on their smartphones.

Credit: Associated Press

The Australian state of New South Wales will be the first jurisdiction in the world to use cameras to catch distracted drivers on their smartphones.

The New South Wales government plans to deploy 45 Mobile Phone Detection Cameras throughout the state by December.

Each dual-camera unit captures photos of a vehicle's license plate, and of what drivers are doing with their hands.

Onboard artificial intelligence screens out images of drivers who are not touching their phones, and images displaying suspected illegal behavior are verified by human scrutiny before an infringement notice and fine is sent to the vehicle's registered owner.

Some cameras will be in permanent roadside installations, while others will be installed in mobile units on trailers.

A six-month pilot of two fixed cameras this year checked 8.5 million vehicles and spotted over 100,000 drivers with their hands on their phones.

From Associated Press
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