To help stop sporadic driving, Germany will use a new type of camera technology that can look into your car and detect if you have a smartphone.
Scattered driving is a common problem around the world, and with smartphones becoming more and more attached to our vehicles, many find it harder and harder not to bend with them in the car.
“In 2021 alone, there were 1,001 accidents due to confusion among other things due to the use of cell phones while driving,” said state Home Minister Roger Levenz (SPD). “With the use of new cameras, we hope to increase road safety.”
According to Auto Motor Sport, the technology works like a regular motion camera, but instead of taking pictures of your license plate, it takes a picture through your windshield. Intelligent software scans the driver’s hand position and whether they are holding a device. Suspicious hand positions will be photographed, and the image will be evaluated by specially trained personnel.
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The southeastern Australian state of NSW has been using special detection cameras to capture drivers on their mobile phones since March 2020.
The test unit was set up in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, with a designated computer, a single monocam set up on a street, and pointed down at an angle that could be seen in the cockpit of the cars below. Within an hour of the operation, the camera had already caught 10 criminals.
Officials confirmed that the technology worked, and from June 1, 2022, it will be used in Trier as a three-month pilot project. After another trial period in Mainz, the data will be analyzed and officials will decide whether to extend the system.
The fine will be only € 100 (105 USD) and 1 demerit point in the offender’s license, but police say instead of collecting the fine, they are trying to prevent people from driving dangerously while using their phones.
Other parts of the world have also started using cameras to capture people driving confusedly. In New South Wales, Australia, phone detection cameras have been in operation since 2019 and have since been adopted by Dutch police, the first example of a European country using them.
German authorities further say that the cameras cannot recognize faces and insist that data protection and data protection have been found to be innocent by the state commissioner.