UK trials roadside van that detects if drivers are holding their phone

UK police are testing a roadside van that can detect if a driver is holding a phone while behind the wheel. The three-month trial is being carried out in Warwickshire with the help of the state’s National Highways, which oversees motorways and major A-roads in England. The test will help determine how the technology can be used in the future .

The van, which can also check whether the driver or passenger is buckled, is equipped with multiple cameras that capture footage of passing vehicles. A system analyzes the images for possible phone and seat belt injuries. Police say the “most serious violations” identified during the trial can be prosecuted, while warning letters are issued to other drivers.

is a serious problem. In the UK there were 420 collisions in 2019 where a driver was found to be using a phone. Meanwhile, data shows that 23 percent of car occupants who died in accidents in the country in 2020 were not wearing their seat belts.

The attempt is part of National Highways’ plan to prevent any death or serious injury on its network by 2040. Future testing could result in the van being fitted with technology that can detect vehicles driving too close together.

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