- Amazon installs cameras in vans in UK to monitor drivers and telegraph report.
- Privacy activists have called the technology “creepy,” “intrusive,” and “excessive.”
- The online giant launched an AI camera in the US last year.
After launching AI cameras in the US last year, Amazon says it is equipping more delivery vans with AI-powered cameras in a move that privacy activists have called “creepy”, “intrusive” and “excessive” The Telegraph report.
The camera monitors how UK drivers are performing on the road and issues an audible warning if you brake or brake hard and score the driver accordingly.
An Amazon van in the UK has two cameras installed, one facing the driver and the other facing the road.
The Telegraph reports that the Big Brother Watch has demanded that the installation be put on hold.
“Amazon is using Orwellian, an often highly inaccurate espionage technique, to intensively monitor people on the minimum wage and then use that data to their advantage,” said Silkie Carlo, director of the UK-based Privacy Campaigns group. We have a terrible track record.”
“This kind of direct surveillance can actually pose a risk of distraction, let alone demoralizing drivers,” Carlo adds. “It’s not good for workers’ rights and it’s terrible for privacy.”
Amazon launched an AI camera in the US last year, which it used to determine driver salaries and whether to continue using it.
that I have created a point based system. Confidential documents obtained from The Information have emerged to detect when a driver is unable to take their eyes off the road, pushes a tailgate or sneezes.
At least one person has resigned over the launch of Amazon’s surveillance tool to monitor drivers, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. report. The e-commerce giant came under fire last year when more than 200 workers signed a petition calling for an end to “labor surveillance.”
An Amazon spokesperson previously told Insiders that the camera provided real-time alerts to improve safety, reducing accidents by 48%, stopping sign violations by a fifth and reducing the number of drivers not using seat belts by 60%. said.
“The purpose of introducing this technology is to keep drivers and communities safe, for no other reason,” an Amazon spokesperson told The Telegraph. “We have conducted a comprehensive data privacy assessment under applicable law.”
Amazon did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.