The state of New South Wales, Australia, has begun using an artificial intelligence (AI) camera system to automatically catch drivers using their cell phones while driving. The system made its official debut on December 1, marking the first time in the world that such a service is used on this scale.
The system will not actually detect smartphone usage in real time. Cameras take pictures of all vehicles passing by, then use AI to analyze each image. If the program automatically detects that the driver was on the phone while driving, the image will be forwarded to an employee. There is then a human assessment before the penalty is applied.
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The penalty in question, for now, will be warnings only. In the first three months of the artificial intelligence camera detection service, drivers will only be notified that they have been caught without paying a fine. After this period, fines ranging from $ 344 to $ 457 will apply if it is a school area. Australia also works with a wallet points system, and the infraction will cost five of them to anyone caught.
The presence of the cameras will not be signaled. According to Andrew Constance, State Highway Minister: "We have to unfortunately rely on the element of surprise to make people think 'good, I can get caught anytime.' I want behavior to change and I want it to change. change immediately. "
A reversal in the burden of proof
Of course the new service will not be implemented without criticism. Chief among them is that the system cannot categorically detect whether the object in the driver's hand is a cell phone or something else. If the employee who checks later is also unsure, it will be up to the driver to appeal the fine and prove that he was not using the phone behind the wheel. This reverses a basic principle of modern democratic law, where the accusing party must offer evidence against the accused first, not the other way around.
Michael Mantaj of the New South Wales State Law Society stated in a committee that:
"This promotes an acceptance of the preposition that it is right to create fundamentally unfair and fictitious presumptions to make it easier to prosecute a violation.
The presumption of guilt can erode public confidence in the use of cameras as a way of enforcing traffic laws because it will fuel the existing cynicism in some parts of the community that cameras will be used more for income than for public safety. "
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