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New South Wales to Begin Using Artificial Intelligence to Catch Distracted Drivers

October 01, 2019

NEW SOUTH WALES – According to an online news report published at, the Australian state of New South Wales is going to start using artificial intelligence to catch distracted drivers. The government is planning to install cameras that capture vehicle registration and images of drivers that will be flagged by the AI system if people are using their phones while driving.*

New South Wales’s government is the first in the world to use this type of system for purposes of enforcing distracted driving laws. Numerous accidents have occurred in the state involving cell phone use and electronic device use behind the wheel, leading to injuries and fatalities. The government decided to make the move toward AI enforcement in order to curb the accidents. It will use 45 cameras at varying locations around the state. 

The cameras will be installed later in 2019 and will feature both fixed models and mobile models that can move to different locations. Each enforced area will feature two cameras: one that takes a picture of the driver’s vehicle registration and another that takes a picture of the inside of the car through the windshield. The AI system will then review the images and detect drivers who appear to be using their cell phones or devices.

If an image is flagged for illegal cell phone use, a government worker will review it and determine whether the driver should be warned or face other penalties, including a fine and points on his or her license. New South Wales reportedly tested the technology earlier in the year and caught more than 100,000 drivers using their phones. 

Distracted driving is an issue governments around the world are battling. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that nine people die every day in the United States in distracted driving vehicle accidents.  

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