New AI Cameras Capture 11,000 People A Day Using Phones While Driving

Drivers still aren't getting the message about not using phones behind the wheel.

In a world first trial, the New South Wales Government's experiment with new high-tech  cameras have snapped thousands of people using their phones while driving.

The first tests took place in October, capturing over 11,000 drivers a day on their mobiles.

The system blends artificial intelligence with high definition cameras to give the best possible chance of capturing people using their mobiles while driving.

The cameras can operate in all weather conditions and at any time of the day.

There's nowhere to hide phone usage now. (Image Supplied NSW Government)

After the successful testing, a month-long trial has been confirmed for two of Sydney's biggest roads, the M4 motorway and Anzac Parade, but no fines will be issued during this period.

The state government fully expects to implement it on all NSW roads,  according to roads minister Melinda Pavey.

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"If at the end of the trial, the technology proves to be foolproof, the community will be made aware of its permanent use," said Pavey.

One person who was caught had their passenger steering the vehicle while they used their phone.

“Shockingly, one driver was pictured with two hands on his phone while his passenger steered the car travelling at 80 km/h, putting everyone on the road at risk,” Pavey said.

“74 per cent of the NSW community support the use of cameras to enforce mobile phone offences. I strongly believe this technology will change driver behaviour and save lives."

Pavey has said if the technology works it will be implemented as soon as possible (Image AAP)

The company selected to take part in the trial, Acusensus, was one of three groups to take part in the testing period for the cameras.

"Since my friend James was killed by an impaired and phone distracted driver five years ago, I have had a strong desire to develop this technology to save lives." said Alex Jannink, the managing director of Acensus.

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