Amazon has begun installing connected cameras in delivery trucks to improve driver safety, but the move has increased resentment from associations that criticize continuous monitoring.
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“We have recently started deploying the latest generation of camera-based security technology to our distribution fleet”, An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to AFP on Thursday. “This technology will provide real-time alerts to help drivers ensure their safety while on the road”. The e-commerce giant has chosen Driveri, a camera model created by the Netradyne company, that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) systems to analyze data and warn drivers.
“For the safety of the drivers”
“Studies have shown that these cameras reduce collisions through in-vehicle alerts, and one-third improve driver behavior”Amazon, responsible for security during delivery, emphasizes Karolina Haralddottir. She speaks in an internal video that highlights the new system’s strengths “For the safety of drivers and the communities they serve”, Published by American Media and certified by Amazon.
The cameras are equipped with four lenses, thus filming the road and the driver, but they do not record sound and do not broadcast live – “Anyone can invite and listen during your delivery”, Specifies Karolina Harldsdottir. With the driver, “Now a security manager will have access to every minute of the driver’s day”, The Netradyne website says.
“This is the largest corporate watchdog extension in human history”, Ivan Greer, deputy director of the non-governmental organization Fight for the Future, which fights for human rights in a digital world. “Amazon wants to transform its vast distribution fleet into a mobile army of surveillance cameras. These devices will exacerbate the inhumane working conditions in which drivers already operate. And they will violate everyone’s basic rights by constantly collecting and analyzing images in our neighborhood ”, She continued in a statement.
According to internal regulations on these cameras published by CNBC Channel, they will also be used to assess the behavior of drivers, indicating that they have not stopped at the stop sign, for example. “It seems inevitable that Amazon will find an easy way to share video with its 2,000 or so security partners.”, Adds Evan Greer, who is also concerned with the risk of camera hacking.
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