This is a lie.

The number of people using a cellphone without handsfree at this point in negligible... cost/benefit doesn't weigh out. So I propose that this is a ruse for a massive facial recognition, location tracking system.

@TheGibson never underestimate a shady cop department's desire for easy money...

the third party contractor definitely is hoping for that country-wide facial recognition system contract though...

"you see they already do this for the police cell phone enforcement system so they are totally qualified to do it everywhere else too..."

@TheGibson I dunno - if it's anything like NZ, ~1 in 3 drivers drive with their cellphone in their hand. Most check it every few seconds and text without consideration for anyone else on (or near) the road... Almost no one seems to use handsfree (and, to be fair, that's almost as bad as in your hand, attention-wise)...

@lightweight @TheGibson

UK authorities have been monitoring these developments closely (I fully expect the same schemes/equipment to appear in post Brexit Britain when some of the EU privacy/human rights laws get watered down)

OTOH there genuinely is a problem with drivers using social media apps at the wheel (these rarely work with Bluetooth unless you have a higher end car which ofc many younger drivers cannot afford)

@lightweight @TheGibson

over here we have *very* strong penalties for (non handsfree) mobile phone use at the wheel, which include licence revocation for young or new drivers yet people still take their chances with it and there are regular crashes on the rural roads (where drivers feel they can get away with it precisely because there are fewer cameras or traffc patrols than in the urban areas or "fast" highways)

@TheGibson @lightweight

I don't think you are wrong about the potential for these schemes functionality to be expanded for further surveillance purposes, but its a dilemma that there are genuine road safety issues too..

As a new driver I wasn't too happy about the amount of extras bolted on to the UK driving test since the 1990s, but they do appear to have improved UK road safety since then.

TBH I think with /anything/ to do with cars you are increasingly now "made to love Big Brother.."

@vfrmedia @lightweight @thegibson I don't think EU regulations are an obstacle, they're deploying a similar thing in France as we speak :/

@thegibson this is likely AI snakeoil, but I see people driving holding or looking down at their phones all the time

@float13 @thegibson I was writing a big post that amounts to "same and I almost died", but then I had to consider whether I only notice because it's far more obvious than an earpiece

@thegibson The thing is, in reality phone related crashes didn't really that big. I've seen studies suggesting that on average it's the case that a 100% increase in cell tower traffic volume provokes a 4.5% increase in actual accident frequency.

But politicians seem to love pulpit pounding on this. You're probably right that this is why.

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