If you think that cameras on highways are only meant for checking driving speed then think again. The government may soon introduce AI-enabled cameras to detect prominent traffic violations. Armed with AI, Optic Fibre Cables (OFC) infrastructure and 5G communication, the government plans to enforce strict traffic rules on highways. While you may think you can get away with wrong lane driving right now, very soon, fines for doing so may keep compounding.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has released its updated policy to implement upgraded and forward-looking Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) Standards and Specifications 2023. The government is heavily relying on artificial intelligence (AI) to enforce traffic rules and improve road safety.
As far as the new policy is concerned, the NHAI will look at replacing the current VIDS cameras with the newly introduced Video Incident Detection and Enforcement System (VIDES). So, what’s special with VIDES? Well, the new system has the capability to identify 14 distinct incidents including triple riding, helmet and seatbelt violations, wrong lane or direction driving, presence of animals on the highway, and pedestrian crossings.
“Depending on the detected incident, VIDES will alert route patrol vehicles or ambulances, generate e-challans, relay alerts to nearby Variable Messaging Boards, or send notifications through ‘Rajmargyatra’ mobile app to nearby travellers,” according to a statement by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
These cameras are planned to be installed every 10 km along National Highways and there will be Command & Control Centres at every 100 km integrating various camera feeds. “Apart from this, Vehicle Speed Detection System (VSDS) is now integrated into VIDES, optimising use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras,” added the statement.
In addition to this, the Traffic Monitoring Camera System (TMCS) will also be upgraded. Positioned every 1 km on the National Highway, these cameras have been endowed with advanced capabilities like automated detection of accidents and stalled vehicles.