Published: Thu, December 05, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Mobile phone detection cameras now in operation

Mobile phone detection cameras now in operation

One of the most common reported vehicular infractions is the use of a cellphone while driving.

Rolled out on Dec 1 The program began its rollout in New South Wales on December 1.

The government of New South Wales state is setting up cameras specifically made for catching drivers using mobile phones.

Making and receiving phone calls while driving is legal in New South Wales, but only by using hands-free technology.

The authority said it believed the detection system was a world first. Countries around the world limit themselves to distracted driving by banning the use of phones in the vehicle. If an image is identified as likely to show someone breaking the law this way, it will be reviewed by the authority.

During the first three months of the plan, first-time infringers will receive a warning. Following this period, the penalty for offending drivers is five demerit points and a A$344 fine (US$233), rising to A$457 (US$310) in a school zone, with 10 points added during double demerit periods.

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With this technology, officials are confident that this will help ease down the number of incidents on the roads.

In contrast to the comparatively simple red-light camera technology that has been used worldwide for years, it is more hard for a computer to detect mobile phone violations.

Considering reports, 329 people have died on the New South Wales roads so far this year. The state aims to cut by 30 percent of the road accidents in 2021. The government said that independent modeling shows the cameras could prevent 100 fatal and serious injury crashes across five years.

These AI cameras are also not a big issue for privacy as these will not look for drivers' faces.

The NSW Government's new safety program comes after a six-month trial on Sydney's motorway network of the Heads-Up camera system developed by Australian technology company Acusensus The Heads-Up detection system, which operates both day and night and in all weather conditions, uses two high-definition cameras to capture images of the license plate and the front-row cabin space of all vehicles to detect illegal mobile phone use.

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