Victoria invests AU$34m in 'distracted driver' AI mobile phone detection tech

Victoria invests AU$34m in 'distracted driver' AI mobile phone detection tech

The Victorian government will be introducing new legislation to allow its "distracted driver" technology to be rolled out on certain roads in the state. The tech will capture drivers using their mobile phones while driving. The government will be investing AU$33.7 million to develop and implement it. It is understood the tech uses high-definition cameras and artificial intelligence to detect offending drivers illegally using their phone behind the wheel. It incorporates two cameras and an infrared flash to work both day and night. Images that are deemed likely to contain a mobile phone offence are then verified by appropriately trained personnel. Images rejected by the AI are expected to be deleted within 72 hours. See also: Facial recognition: Convenient or creepy? It follows a trial of the tech carried out by the government, alongside Acusensus, a technology provider and the state's current traffic camera services contractor. The trial was conducted over a three-month period, assessing a total of 679,438 vehicles. Throughout the trial, the government claims one in 42 drivers was detected illegally using a mobile phone behind the wheel. …
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