Amazon installs AI-cameras to monitor delivery drivers

Amazon is to install AI-powered cameras across its delivery vans to monitor drivers.

The retail giant said that the cameras, developed by transportation technology company Netradyne, were being implemented to improve safety for its drivers.

But the news has raised privacy concerns by campaigners.

One driver told CNBC that the system could be triggered by a yawn, which would then prompt it to request a 15-minute break.

Karolina Haraldsdottier, senior manager, last mile safety at Amazon said that the system could “reduce collisions by a third.”

She explained that the intention of these cameras was improve safety on the road and handle “incidents” if and when they happen.

The ‘Drivei’ has four HD cameras; one road facing camera, one driver facing camera, and two side view cameras.

Haraldsdottier said that the system delivers “270 degrees coverage.”

Facing the driver there are two drive alert buttons and two indicator LEDs.

When the LED lights turn green, it means the cameras are recording.

“We are investing in safety across our operations and have rolled out a number of resources to provide delivery service partners with information to help them keep drivers safe when they are on the road," Amazon said in a statement.

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