Watching out for safety: Smart cameras
The multiplication of watching cameras across Europe has gathered media attention over the impact of massive surveillance on privacy.
One can only observe the obvious contradiction between the desire for safety and the protection of individual data. By contrast, the use of smart cameras in transport seems to be rather well accepted by citizens and professionals to keep our roads safe. The range of applications of these cameras is broad and goes beyond safety by improving overall performance. Mirrorless trucks have the potential to annihilate road accidents linked to blind spots and enhance trucks’ aerodynamics. Night vision help drivers get a better control of objects and vehicles in motion. Panning features make fleet manoeuvres safer. When changing lanes, systems can also detect other road users and alert drivers. These cameras are available on the market and deployed at scale. Future regulations will make this technology mandatory for buses, coaches and trucks and operators will not have other options.
Is there a one-size-fits-all solution? How much safety benefits do these cameras really bring? How many vehicles are equipped with the technology today? What are the best solutions in terms of price and performance? Are there privacy issues to manage?