New UK speed camera rules and drivers say 'we should be free to go about our lives'

AI speed cameras that can see inside cars "should not be used", motoring groups have warned. Drivers are being warned over new artificial intelligence (AI) speed cameras which have sparked 'Big Brother' privacy concerns for motorists.

ake Hurfurt, head of research and investigations at Big Brother Watch, a privacy campaign group, criticised the implementation of these cameras, saying it posed a risk to motorists. He said: “Unproven AI-powered video analytics should not be used to monitor and potentially criminalise drivers.

“This kind of intrusive and creepy surveillance which treats every passer-by as a potential suspect is excessive and normalising it poses a threat to everyone’s privacy. People should be free to go about their lives without being analysed by faceless AI systems."

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Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA, said: “Cameras that can do everything and anything are a good thing from a road safety perspective because it means there is less chance of getting away with dangerous driving.

“However a camera can only record an incident in that moment in time but cannot intervene if that person might be speeding because they have been drink driving,” he told The Telegraph. Two images of the vehicles are taken to see whether drivers are distracted behind the wheel.

Regarding the implementation of the AI cameras across the country, National Highways Head of National Road User Safety Delivery, Matt Staton, said: “We know that distracted driving and not wearing seatbelts were key factors in a high number of incidents that resulted in people being killed or seriously injured.

“Working with our police partners we want to reduce such dangerous driving and reduce the risks posed to both the drivers and other people. We believe that using technology like this will make people seriously consider their driving behaviour.

“We will continue to invest in technology that could help make sure everyone using our roads gets home safe and well.”