2022-08-06 05:06:00 Author: Lao Wang

UK police are testing a roadside van that can detect if the driver is holding a phone while driving.The three-month trial is being carried out in Warwickshire and is being assisted by the government-owned National Roads Agency, which oversees England's motorways and major Class A roads.According to the Guardian, the test will help determine how the technology will be used in the future.

The van can also check if the driver or passenger is wearing a seat belt, and it is equipped with several cameras that capture footage of passing vehicles.An artificial intelligence system analyzes the images for phone and seat belt violations.Police said the "most serious violations" found during the trial could be prosecuted, while other drivers will receive warning letters.

Distracted driving is a serious problem.In the UK, there were 420 crashes in 2019 in which drivers were identified as using their mobile phones.Meanwhile, data shows that 23% of car occupants who died in car crashes in the country in 2020 were not wearing seat belts.

The trial is part of the National Highways Plan, which aims to prevent any fatalities or serious injuries on its network by 2040.In future tests, the vans may be equipped with technology that can detect vehicles traveling too close to each other.