How I created Driver on Phone Recognition using AI 🤖

How to detect Drivers on the Phone? I will explain how my proof-of-concept system operates and how it can be applied in-field. The Netherlands is already testing a similar system.

Remco van Akker
7 min readNov 10, 2022
Phone use while driving
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This article is a short summary of my paper ”DOPR: Driver On Phone Recognition using Artificial Neural Network”. Not all technical & functional details are explained in this article. For more details, you can read my paper which is available on my LinkedIn

The problem we want to solve

Have you ever noticed the person in front of you (or at your side), while driving, was calling or texting, and you felt unsafe? Have you ever heard of, or witnessed, a car accident caused by mobile phone distraction? These issues can now be prevented by implementing a system in today’s society called driver-on-phone detection using artificial intelligence.

Let’s get the facts straight first.

In the United States, The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.