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A guide to AI speed cameras

7th March 2024

The rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed every aspect of society, including speed cameras. As a motorist, you should make sure that your vehicle is ready for the deployment of these cameras on UK roads. Get up to speed with AI speed cameras with our helpful guide. 

What are AI speed cameras? 

AI speed cameras are roadside equipment which determines whether you’ve committed an offence behind the wheel. In the UK, AI-powered speed cameras can identify your behaviour on the road, which includes: 

Are AI speed cameras already deployed in the UK? 

Recently, there have been various pilots and tests in the UK involving AI speed cameras.  

In early 2023, the UK introduced the world’s first AI-powered speed camera with 4D radar technology on a stretch of the A23 in Lambeth, London. The device can detect when a driver is breaking the speed limit, whether the driver is using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt while driving. Later in the year, the UK’s first free-standing AI speed camera was installed in August on the A30 near Launceston in Cornwall. Within the first three days, it had caught nearly 300 drivers for various offences. 

Do AI-powered speed cameras issue penalties? 

No, AI speed cameras are still being trialled, meaning no penalties will be issued for motorists committing an offence while driving. Over time, if these speed cameras become permanent on UK roads, you may expect to get the following penalties: 

  • Driving over the speed limit (Minimum £100 fine and 3 points on your licence) 
  • Having too many passengers in your vehicle (£2,500 fine and 3 points on your licence) 
  • Not wearing a seatbelt (Minimum fine of £100) 
  • Driving without an MOT (A fine of up to £1,000, although the fine could be increased if your vehicle is classified as dangerous.) 

Can AI speed cameras detect you using your mobile phone? 

Yes, an AI speed camera can detect when you are driving while using a mobile phone. The camera can capture and analyse images of you using your mobile while on the road. After the AI software has gathered all the data and information, it’s given to the police and local authorities. Ultimately, they will decide on the type of prosecution you might face. 

How can AI speed cameras detect people who drive without an MOT? 

In the future, AI speed cameras could detect drivers who drive on the road without an MOT.  The cameras are linked to the DVLA and UK police databases, which can identify your vehicle’s MOT status and whether it’s insured or not. If the AI-powered camera catches you driving without a valid MOT, you could be breaking the law resulting in 3 points on your licence and a fine of up to £2,500 if your vehicle is classified as dangerous. 

Is your MOT due for renewal soon? Get ahead with the future deployment of AI speed cameras in the UK by entering your vehicle’s registration number into our MOT registration checker. Does your car require a service? Book an MOT or service online at your nearest Merityre branch today.