AI eye on errant drivers at traffic lights

You are being watched: The Road Transport Department has started installing CCTV with AI that can record video of what you are doing at the traffic lights. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: The next time you stop at the traffic lights, and start fiddling with the phone while waiting – beware, big brother could be watching.

It won’t just be text messages that you will be receiving, a traffic summons is likely to be on the way, too.

“The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has started installing CCTV with AI that can record video of what you are doing at the traffic lights.

“Those who always play with their handphones while waiting for the green light, please be careful,” according to the viral message.

“You can be issued with a summons, don’t say that you have not been warned.”

The artificial intelligence (AI) violations detection camera system is being installed at selected traffic lights as a pilot project to detect motorists’ behaviour, added the message.

In response, Loke said the system, in fact, had been implemented before he took over at the ministry.

“It is a proof of concept,” he told reporters when asked to comment on a viral message that the JPJ had initiated a widespread project to install CCTV cameras with AI technology at traffic lights.

“Always remember that you are being watched through the CCTV,” read the viral message.

On July 4, Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin said the state had embarked on an upgraded AI violations detection camera system to capture evidence of offences and provide data to better plan policies and enforcement.

The proof-of-concept project at the accident-prone Merbau-Miri-Pujut traffic light intersection is already showing impressive results within one week of its rollout to collect data there.

The results will be presented to the Sarawak Transport Ministry after the six-month trial period for the next course of action to be decided.

The data collected would help agencies to target effective enforcement action based on actual situations, particularly regarding misbehaving drivers and accident hotspots, said Lee.

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