New technology to monitor mobile phone users while driving in Australia
New technology to monitor mobile phone users while driving in Australia

Australia's state of New South Wales announced that it had launched "high-resolution cameras" on Sunday morning designed to monitor drivers using mobile phones while driving.

Andrew Constance, Minister of Roads of New South Wales, said the "world's first" technology would be aimed at the illegal use of mobile phones through "fixed and mobile cameras on trailers".

The cameras will use artificial intelligence to review images and detect the illegal use of mobile phones, according to the state transport agency.

On the other hand, authorized officials will verify the images in which the driver is likely to use the phone illegally, authorities said, noting that the images taken by the system "will be stored and managed safely."

In the next three years, forty-five mobile cameras will be placed throughout the state, in unknown locations, without warning signs, according to CNN's Sky News Australia.

In the first three months, drivers monitored by the cameras will receive a warning message, the transport authority said in a statement, after which the perpetrators will face a fine of up to $ 344 or $ 457 in school areas, along with penalty points for their driver's license.

New South Wales has become the first state in the world to implement a camera software to detect drivers who use their phones while driving.

The state introduced the program yesterday after a six-month trial earlier this year. New South Wales is one of Australia's largest and most populous states.

State Secretary for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said there would be no sign of the camera so that no one could predict it. Anyone who committed an offense would be suddenly arrested and the Australian government would be able to monitor more than 100,000 drivers.

The program uses artificial intelligence technology to identify offenders but does not monitor the phones and works to take pictures of the offending cars and can identify them.

The minister pointed out that the offending driver will get warnings and warnings in the first three months and after this period they will be fined $ 344 or $ 457 if they violate in school areas.

Experts warn of this program, which may violate the privacy of drivers while driving by taking pictures of themselves or data of their own, in addition to the process of taking pictures without their consent, which is contrary to laws that prohibit taking pictures without the consent of the owners.