Amazon faces spying claims over AI cameras in vans


Amazon has begun using AL-powered cameras in delivery vans that constantly record footage of drivers and upload any mistakes they make.

The company says it is an investment in safety but privacy campaigners described ot as “surveillance”.

The camera will be on all the time but will only upload footage for 16 actions, including hard braking, driver distraction and drowsiness.

One person said the system was even triggered by the driver yawning.

The Kentucky-based driver said if someone yawns, they will be told to pull over for 15 minutes.

“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,” said Amazon in a statement.

The system, which Amazon has begun to install in delivery vehicles in the US, was explained in a video posted to Vimeo by Karolina Haraldsdottir, a senior manager of what is known as last mile safety.

Amazon this week agreed to settle allegations that it cheated some drivers out of tips. Under a deal with the US Federal Trade Commission, it will pay out approximately $62m.


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