A Melbourne technology company is using artificial intelligence to develop a road safety camera capable of detecting whether a driver is drunk or impaired.

Acusensus, founded in 2018, is currently collecting data through the use of driving simulators to analyse the driving patterns and reaction times of motorists who are under the influence.

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The simulator uses computer-generated versions of actual roads in multiple cities in Australia, and for testing purposes the motorists using the technology are either drunk or sober.

The company then assesses particular behaviours such as how well the driver keeps within the lines or how well they keep to the speed limit. Everything the driver does is then analysed by a computer, Acusensus managing director Alexander Jannink said.

“(The data) goes into a massive machine learning artificial intelligence type of system, and we can pick up the minute patterns and the differences,” he said.

Acusensus is using driving simulators to analyse the driving patterns and reaction times of motorists who are may be drunk or under the influence of drugs. Credit: 7NEWS

If used in cameras on our roads, Jannink explained that the technology would then send an alert to police if it detected that a driver was impaired by drugs or alcohol.

“The police can pull over that driver right there and then (and) test them,” he said.

As for trying to determine the difference between impaired driving and generally bad driving, Jannink said that was a challenge.

“That’s exactly why we’re doing so many trials in the simulator,” he said.

“The simulator has been going through Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and we’re getting a big data set to try and work out … the difference between bad drivers and impaired drivers and good drivers.”

Jannink said the technology his company is developing has the potential to drastically decrease the amount of fatal crashes in Australia.

“If we can arm police with the right tools to fix and address this problem, crashes will really come down,” he said.

“Hundreds of lives could be saved.”

New mobile detection cameras are now being rolled out across Victoria. Credit: OFFICE OF THE PREMIER OF VICTORIA

Once the data collection is complete, the technology will be developed into cameras, with the next step to test the camera on our roads.

Acusensus is also the company behind the new mobile detection cameras which are set to be rolled out in Victoria.

The mobile phone detection cameras take high-resolution images in all traffic and weather conditions to detect drivers illegally using their device.

The cameras will be rolled out this month, however, drivers identified by them will not be fined for another three months.

Once that grace period is over, drivers will face a $555 fine and four demerit points if they are caught using their mobile phone in the car.

If the matter goes to court, the fine could be as much as $1849.

– With reporting by Teegan Dolling

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