Big brother sees you! Chinese jaywalkers receive their fine immediately through SMS

Saturday, April 28, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: David Williams
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Facial recognition technology is really starting to become a big deal in China. It wasn’t that long ago when Chinese traffic police began using facial recognition to nab those who were violating traffic laws. Now they’ve taken things one step further with artificial intelligence (AI): When the facial recognition cameras catch someone jaywalking, not only will they be identified, named, and publicly shamed, they will also be sent text messages telling them what their violation is and how much the fine they have to pay will be.

Based on online reports, a Shenzhen-based AI company called Intellifusion will be in charge of rolling out this “feature” of the new Shenzhen traffic system. That is, in addition to simply displaying the faces of jaywalkers on giant LED screens located at intersections, they will be working with local mobile phone carriers and social media companies in order to work out a system that will send out the jaywalking-related text messages to jaywalkers as soon as they get caught.

And things can only get worse for traffic violators. According to Wang, the system will also register exactly how many times a person has violated the city’s traffic laws, and if they reach a specified number of violations, it will have an effect on their social credit score. This, in turn, would limit their ability to access certain things that they might need, such as public transportation systems and even loans from public banks.

According to Wang Jun, the director of marketing solutions at Intellifusion, sending out the text messages may be the missing piece in the puzzle of preventing future traffic violations. “Jaywalking has always been an issue in China and can hardly be resolved just by imposing fines or taking photos of the offenders,” he explained. “But a combination of technology and psychology … can greatly reduce instances of jaywalking and will prevent repeat offences.”

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