Cars may soon know when you’re on the phone behind the wheel

A team from Santa Catarina State University in Brazil have developed an in-car hardware/software combo that can detect when you’re on the phone and behind the wheel.

A tiny camera embedded in the dashboard quietly records clips of a test driver, which then get cropped closely around the driver’s face. Once that’s done, the algorithm can chew on each of those three second clips in search of what appear to be hands entering the frame near the driver’s face — the more prominent the hand, the more likely it is the algorithm will think you’re driving mid-gab.

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