Could mobile phones become speed cameras? New app that turns smartphones into dashcams allows drivers to submit video evidence to the police – and may soon be able to detect SPEEDING
- A new app dashcamUK converts smartphones into dashcams, launching in May
- The free app detects 21 motoring offences and could soon even record speeding
A new free app which converts smartphones into dashcams could soon be advanced enough to clock other motorists for speeding.
The free dashcamUK app allow motorists to submit evidence of 21 different driving offences to the police.
It can capture transgressions including jumping a red light, failing to indicate and using a mobile phone while driving.
The app, which launches in May, may yet be developed with the ability to track speeding, The Times reports.
Only around a quarter of the country’s 33million drivers has a dashcam, while almost everyone has a mobile phone – meaning the app has the potential to radically increase reports of road crime.
The dashcamUK app which converts smartphones into dashcams could soon be advanced enough to clock other motorists for speeding
James Gibson, executive director of Road Safety GB, said: ‘If drivers believe that they’re being watched by others, we hope they will drive in the right way.’
Creator Oleksiy Afonin, 46, said footage could be submitted to official police video portal in less than a minute and is far simpler than using a traditional dashcam.
Ukrainian-born Afonin held a series of early meetings with the National Police Chiefs’ Council while he was coming up with the app.
As a result, it includes a number of recommended features to ensure the video evidence stands up to scrutiny in court.
Those using the app while driving will not face a risk of using a mobile phone behind the wheel, as they will simply be required to touch th home screen to record a breach.
The app records the user’s experience on the road but, unless the users taps the screen, it automatically deletes footage after 30 seconds in order to preserve the phone’s storage.