Infra-red cameras that automatically count people in cars could soon be a feature on the UK’s motorways, making it easier to enforce priority lanes for car sharing to ease congestion and cut journey times.
The unique patented technology to detect human faces in moving cars without distracting drivers was developed by Laser Optical Engineering (LOE), a spin out company from Loughborough University. Together with commercial, research and civic partners, it has developed a prototype camera system with Department for Transport and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council funds.
The need for such a system arose following the launch in 1998 by Leeds City Council of Britain’s first priority lane for car sharing. Whilst fines deter lone drivers from using the special lane on the busy A647, the scheme is costly, with the Council paying the police to enforce it.
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