Drivers blast new AI speed cameras because they 'invade their privacy'

Drivers have hit back at new AI speed camera technology, which they have described as an invasion of their privacy.

State-of-the=art technology has been installed in specialised vehicles, which has the ability to detect if motorists are using their mobile phones while driving or if they are not wearing seatbelts. While the measures potentially make the roads safer for everyone, some motorists aren't happy, research shows.

The devices use advanced technology to identify drivers infringing the law while driving. Subsequently, data and images captured will be processed and delivered to the police for deliberation over any necessary action.

Nevertheless, a recent poll from suggested some drivers were sceptical around of technology, despite acknowledging that it may make the roads safer. Motor expert at, Louise Thomas, said: "AI speed cameras will help catch drivers who break the law when behind the wheel, such as driving without wearing a seatbelt or for using their phone."


"This new technology aims to help improve road safety, protecting both road users and pedestrians from dangerous driving."

"Our research reveals that nearly half (48 percent) of UK drivers recognise that AI speed cameras will help make roads safer. But another one in five (21 percent) also think they're an invasion of privacy. And although some might have some reservations, the majority see its importance as the cameras could help to crack down on distracted driving."

"Distracted driving, such as using your phone while driving, could result in a £200 fine and up to six points on your licence."

"But not focusing when behind the wheel can also result in near-misses or accidents. And for the drivers who are caught driving dangerously, they could be banned from driving altogether."

National Highways is pilot testing this tool, with 10 police forces including Durham, Greater Manchester Police, Humberside, Staffordshire, West Mercia, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire, Norfolk, Thames Valley Police and Sussex currently participating in the project.

South Gloucestershire Council has also rolled out the new AI technology for surveillance purposes only. Leaving the cameras in place for 12 hours detected a staggering 150 people were not wearing seatbelts while driving.

They also found that seven individuals were picked up using their mobile phones and distracted from the road.