'Intrusive' AI speed cameras criticised by UK motorists

Occurred: April 2024

Despite possible road safety benefits, motorists believe an AI speed camera system being rolled out across the UK constitutes an 'invasion of privacy'. 

10 police forces across the UK are testing the system, which is installed in vans and can detect whether road users are using their phones behind the wheel or travelling without a seatbelt. Data and images is sent to police officers who decide whether or not to take action.

However, a Confused.com poll found that 21 percent of motorists are wary of the tool and reckon it is an invasion of privacy, despite admitting it would help make the road safer. 

Drivers stand to be fined up to GBP 2,500 if caught breaking the law in their vehicles. 

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Operator: AECOM; National Highways
Developer: Acusensus
Country: UK
Sector: Govt - transport; Govt - police
Purpose: Detect driver violations
Technology: Computer vision; Object recognition
Issue: Privacy