"We think that it’s a service to the community to know if you’re a crazy driver or not."

Dashcam app records driving behaviour of cars around you

#Driving

Tue, Jun 21st, 2016 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Using the phone's camera, combined with machine vision, and AI algorithms, the Nexar app is capable of recognising driving behaviour from the vehicles around it. If it picks up on a car doing something dangerous or illegal, it records that vehicle's license plate and can then warn other Nexar users who may encounter it.

Although ranking the driving performance of every vehicle in the United States might sounds legally dubious, Lior Strahilevitz says that it is probably legal: “Courts generally say that people generally have little or no expectation of privacy in the movements of their cars on public roads, as long as cars aren’t being tracked everywhere they go for a lengthy period of time.”

Nevertheless, Nexar will face some ethical dilemmas. For example, should the app inform users when it spots a license plate that’s the subject of an Amber Alert? Or contact law enforcement directly if the algorithms suggest that an erratically moving car is being operated by an intoxicated driver?

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