Mobile phone detection cameras now in operation

For the first three months, drivers caught by a mobile phone detection camera will receive a warning letter. The government of New South Wales is implementing a new AI-based camera system specifically created to spot mobile phones in cars. In the Australian state of New South Wales, authorities could have come up with a solution: the world's first AI-powered mobile phone detection cameras.

"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 outcome they are in for a rude shock". The state's transport department tested the system with cameras on two spots, and it's now spending $88 million to install them on 45 spots.

Although South Africa's traffic authorities do not now use similar technology to capture offenders, South Africa's Vumacam employs an AI camera system to identify unusual activities in suburbs and on roads.

It uses high-definition cameras to take photos of the front-row cabin space of vehicles, in "all weather conditions". In a release last month, Bernard Carlon, executive director of transport for NSW's Center for Road Safety said that the cameras could prevent 100 fatal or serious injury crashes over five years.

Following this, the fine will be $344 AUD (R3,410) and five license demerit points, or $457 AUD (R4,530) in school zones, with 10 demerit points.

However, it can not tell whether drivers or passengers are using the phones and so is not being used as an enforcement tool.

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