UK artificial intelligence to fine street trash

UK artificial intelligence to fine street trash
UK artificial intelligence to fine street trash
An artificial intelligence camera system will help identify and fine drivers who throw garbage out of their car window in Maidstone, UK. The system was implemented in March by the city’s City Council, located 60 kilometers from London.

The technology is known as “Littercam” (garbage cameras) and allows you to track even small objects – like cigarette butts, for example. Test footage shows that the camera identifies when something is thrown or falls to the ground. The item is quickly highlighted with a red outline.

After capturing the objects in the images, the software will register the license plate of the vehicle. In a control room, the footage will be verified and, if the infraction is proven, the car owner will be fined.

Notifications will arrive via mail, according to the address in the database of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. The initial amount is £ 90 (about R $ 710), which rises to £ 120 (approximately R $ 947) if the fine is not paid in 15 days.

Less garbage

The amount of garbage collected on the streets of Maidstone rose 250% after the covid-19 pandemic, according to officials responsible for the work. Highways England, the British state-owned highway management company, estimates that 200,000 bags of garbage are collected on the country’s roads each year.

“If we can land a space probe on Mars, we can get a cigarette butt that has been thrown out of a car. We are trying to protect the planet we live in and the city we live in,” Derek Mortimer, representative in an interview with the BBC, said. from the Maidstone City Council.


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