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Phone while driving, no seat belt… These new radars powered by artificial intelligence no longer allow any violation on the road to pass

Phone while driving, no seat belt… These new radars powered by artificial intelligence no longer allow any violation on the road to pass

By analyzing images captured by high-frequency cameras using algorithms, artificial intelligence built into a new type of radar can detect many road irregularities. Beware of violators!

Most motorists fear the proliferation of speed cameras along roads and highways. And for good reason: these devices are able to detect speeding and take photos of violating vehicles day and night, making it possible to issue and send fines to their drivers without human intervention – and without discussion. It is difficult to escape their fanatical and harsh controls, unless you use specialized applications that indicate “danger zones”. Especially since with advances in electronics and computing, speed is no longer their only focus. Therefore, in addition to traffic light radars, which are activated when a red light is not respected, we must now take into account new anti-noise models that report noise pollution from some vehicles. The new generation promises to go further in chasing traffic violations thanks to artificial intelligence.

This is not science fiction! For several weeks, a new type of radar powered by artificial intelligence has been tested in the United Kingdom, on the A30 motorway, which connects London with Cornwall, and, more precisely, near Launceston, in Cornwall. As the BBC explains, the gadget is not a classic radar, but a device that combines high-frequency cameras and infrared flashes with an artificial intelligence-based image analysis system. Its great strength lies in its algorithms, which are able to detect various traffic violations in images, such as not wearing a seat belt or using a phone while driving. Two common violations that lead to serious consequences in accidents… Currently, the AI ​​alone does not decide the sequence of events: it is a human technician who in turn checks the reported sequences and, in the meantime, the unknown sequences, to ensure that the detected motorist has He already broke the rules.

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This new device – developed by the specialized Australian company Acusensus, whose logo is “Changing behavior to save lives” – Very effective: after only three days of being put into service, it has already registered 297 violations, 180 related to not wearing a seat belt and 117 related to using a phone while driving! In fourteen days, these statistics rose to 1,500 violations, two-thirds of which were for the phone, and a third for the belt. We believe that these particularly encouraging results will encourage the British authorities to continue their tests to improve this system before deploying it on a larger scale.

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It is also easy to imagine that this experience will give ideas to other governments, which are always looking for solutions to track traffic violations, especially when they are responsible for deaths and injuries… Many European countries are working to increase the number of radars for future tests, such as Velolaser in Spain, which is A system that is mobile and extremely small in size – and therefore difficult to detect by motorists – is capable of controlling several vehicles simultaneously in both directions of traffic. Or the thermal radars tested in Lyon, which identify motorists driving alone, without passengers, in the car-sharing lanes. There is no doubt that artificial intelligence will significantly increase the capabilities of these control devices in the near future, including in France, and not only for speed on roads…