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Australia's AI Cameras Catch Over 270,000 Drivers Using Phones


An artificial intelligence-equipped camera caught this driver talking on his cellphone.

The proportion of drivers in Australia seen using their phones has dropped from one in 82 during a pilot study in 2019 to one in 478 today.

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Artificial intelligence (AI)-equipped cameras have spotted more than 270,000 drivers using phones while driving in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, since the state began issuing fines in March 2020.

The cameras capture high-definition images of the front of each vehicle, and AI software analyzes them to identify drivers using a handheld cellphone; officers vet images flagged as potentially showing violations before fining those drivers.

Transport for NSW's Tara McCarthy said, "We know that mobile phone detection cameras are working and people are getting the message not to use their phone illegally, as we have seen a significant drop in offenses."

From New Scientist
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