More ‘machine learning’ cameras added to NSW freight routes

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Moss Vale Road in the Kangaroo Valley is the latest freight route to have the controversial ‘machine learning’ cameras installed, advises the freight branch of Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

The cameras have been popping up in a number of sites around NSW in recent months inciting concern among truckies over what the data captured is being used for.

TfNSW, however, has been quick to stress that the cameras are not used for “enforcement or monitoring people or private vehicles”.

“The world-first technology is being trialled in NSW to analyse freight vehicles to help reduce congestion and ensure goods are delivered sooner and more efficiently,” the agency explained.

“Images of heavy vehicles are taken by the cameras which then classify the type of vehicle in transit and the type of cargo being transported. This information will enable Transport to better understand freight movements with the aim of assisting in long-term planning for the movement of goods in NSW. ”

The solar-powered, artificial intelligence-enabled technology was designed and built in Australia, with the first iteration of software developed by TfNSW staff.

Current locations of cameras:

  • Harley Ave, Mount Victoria
  • Darling Causeway, Mount Victoria
  • Great Western Hwy, Little Hartley
  • Castlereagh Hwy, Dunedoo
  • Sheahan Bridge, Gundegai
  • Hexham Bridge, Stockton Bridge and Tighes Hill Bridge, Newcastle
  • Foreshore Road, Port Botany, Sydney
  • Moorebank Avenue, Moorebank, Sydney
  • Cockfighters Bridge, Wollombi Brook
  • Thomas Mitchell Dr, Musswellbrook
  • Newell Hwy x Lizard Dr/Old Brewery Rd, Narrandera
  • Sturt Hwy x Gilenbah Creek, Narrandera
  • Newell Hwy x Gillenbah Creek Rd, Gillenbah Sturt Hwy x Forest Dr, Gillenbah
  • Newell Hwy x Silo Rd, Tocumwal
  • Newell Hwy x Old Adcocks Rd and Murray St, Tocumwal
  • Newell Hwy x Tuppal Rd/Deniliquin Rd Tocumwal
  • Golden Hwy Putty Rd/Mitchell Line of Rd, Whittingham
  • New England Hwy, Liddell
  • Newell Hwy, Bridge Namoi River, Cooma Rd Narrabri
  • Pacific Hwy at Raleigh, 1.5km North of Bellinger River bridge

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