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Trial run of AI-based cameras kicks off on Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway

AI cameras are being trialed on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway, marking a transformative step in traffic management and road safety.

The Karnataka police have started a trial run of AI-based cameras to spot traffic violations on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway on Friday.

Six cameras have been installed at two places along the expressway to capture traffic violations such as exceeding the speed limit, driving on the wrong side, using a mobile phone while driving and not wearing seat belts, said Alok Kumar, ADGP, Traffic and Road Safety, Karnataka.

He clarified that this was a trial run and no cases were being booked as yet.

 The police will work out the manner in which the data collected by the cameras will be collated in a control room to finally book cases of traffic violations over the next few days.

The scheme has been introduced as vehicles were seen travelling on the wrong side of the expressway, causing danger to the other commuters on the road.  There is also a need to reduce the number of mishaps on the high-speed expressway as 100 deaths and 335 injuries due to accidents till June this year.

NHAI had also announced on Tuesday that two wheelers and tractors will be banned on the expressway from August 1.  These slow-moving vehicles have been adversely impacting road safety and have emerged as a major factor in causing motor accidents. Alternative routes are available for these vehicles

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 119-km access-controlled Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway at a public meeting in the Mandya district in March this year.

It has been constructed under the Government of India’s flagship Bharatmala Pariyojana scheme with an investment of Rs. 8,480 crores. The expressway has come as a big boon to the region, reducing the travel time between Bengaluru and Mysuru to 75 minutes from 3 hours earlier. The expressway has six lanes with additional two-lane service roads on both sides.