Jaywalkers in China need to beware of the new using facial-recognition technology being used by the Traffic Police to catch them in this most heinous act!
Transgressors of the Jaywalking laws will receive fines immediately by text message.
CCTV cameras equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) that can recognize offenders are already in place in Shenzhen, with offenders who flout the southern city’s strict road rules being publicly named and shamed and have their faces are then displayed on a government website and large screens at crossings.
The company which provides the technology want to go that one step further and are in talks with social media companies and mobile phone carriers about developing a system that notifies jaywalkers with an instant message as soon as they are caught.
Director of marketing solutions at Shenzhen-based AI firm Intellifusion, Wang Jun told the South China Morning Post, “Jaywalking has always been an issue in China and can hardly be resolved just by imposing fines or taking photos of the offenders.
“But a combination of technology and psychology… can greatly reduce instances of jaywalking and will prevent repeat offences.”
According to police 13,939 jaywalking offenders had been caught in the 10 months since the system launched in April 2017. And each offender had their face on one LED screen at a busy junction in Futian district.
The ‘Big Brother’ system uses facial-recognition technology with 7-megapixel cameras to identify pedestrians. Last month a website was launched solely devoted to shaming the jaywalkers.
Mr Wang ended with, “the next step of issuing fines through text could eliminate the need to install costly LED screens across cities.”
The technology is also designed to register the number of times someone has violated traffic rules and has the power to affect their credit rating if they reach a certain limit.