British drivers are stuck with the makers of a speedometer app

Speedcam Anywhere is an MI-based application that can measure the speed of a moving vehicle so anyone’s smartphone camera can be used as a quasi-traffic light. The solution works by having the algorithm extract the license plate of the vehicle being videotaped from the recording and then assign additional information, such as make and model, from a publicly available database from the British Transport Authority (DVLA). Knowing this data, the application determines the wheelbase, based on which it identifies the time difference between the passage of the wheels at a fixed point, and thus the speed of travel. After running the analysis in the cloud, the software offers the user to report the incident to the authorities and send the video and analysis to them.

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The app was developed by artificial intelligence researchers with the goal of making police take speed control more seriously and allowing pedestrians and cyclists to document and report accidents and offenses they see.

The team has received several offensive and harassing messages from drivers since the app was released in March, so they will ask for their anonymity for their statements in the future – shared a The Guardiannal. One of the speaking developers says they are also subject to a lot of criticism for the fact that the app actually helps whistleblowers and compares the reporting to the methods of observer states.

There were also several difficulties with publishing, for example, Google did not initially allow it to appear in the Play Store. He argued that using artificial intelligence and algorithms alone could not reliably estimate the speed of a vehicle, which was refuted by the developers during a demonstration. The software has also been developed for iOS, but has not received any approval or feedback from Apple yet. So for now, you can download Speedcam Anywhere from the Google Play Store and the team’s official website, exclusively in the UK, but the developers plan to redesign the program to other regions as well.

British police have been receiving recordings of traffic offenses from residents for several years, but as the Speedcam Anywhere is not an officially approved speedometer, it cannot be used to impose speeding penalties, but analysis and recordings can serve as evidence in subsequent investigations.


Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.

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