Here’s an interesting bit of tech that would do well in South Africa.
The Police in New South Wales in Australia is rolling out a new camera system that can detect when a person is using their phone while driving.
This system was tested over a six month period where it scanned 8.5 million cars and found over 100 000 people using their phones while driving.
The system works via two cameras. The first camera scans a vehicle’s number plate, while the second high-resolution camera peers into the windscreen to see what the driver is up to. Thanks to advanced artificial intelligence, the camera will take a photo of the driver if he/she is doing something else besides steering the car.
If it’s indeed a case of using a phone while driving, an infringement notice will be sent out, but not before being verified by an actual human.
The fine for using you phone while driving is around R3500.