Amazon plans AI-powered cameras in vans to improve safety

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Amazon has revealed plans to install video cameras utilising AI technology in delivery vans, a move that the online marketplace says would improve safety of both drivers and the customers they deliver goods to.

The e-commerce titan recently started rolling out camera-based safety tech across its branded fleet of logistics vehicles, it stated in an statement yesterday. “This technology will provide drivers real-time alerts to help them stay safe when they are on the road,” the statement added.

The company’s plans were earlier disclosed in an instructional video about the cameras, reported earlier in the day by publication, the Information.

Amazon Inc said in the video that the cameras, developed by transportation tech company Netradyne, use artificial intelligence to provide warnings about speeding and distracted driving among other things.

They have been shown to reduce collisions and improve driver behaviour, Amazon’s Karolina Haraldsdottir, a senior manager for last-mile safety, said in the video.

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Amazon has come under increasing scrutiny over the years for accidents involving delivery drivers.

“Our intention with this technology is to set up drivers for success and provide them with support for being safer on road and handling incidents if and when they happen,” Karolina Haraldsdottir said in the video.

The video explains that while the cameras will constantly record video, they only upload footage if triggered by specific actions, such as hard-braking and drowsiness.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Vishwadha Chander in Bengaluru. Editing by Rashmi Aich.

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