UC Riverside Professor Develops a Mobile Phone Software to Report Drunk Drivers

Published On : 1/23/2013 2:39 PM
From : KVCR
Categories : Local, State

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A UC Riverside professor has developed a mobile phone software application that makes it easy for concerned drivers to record vehicles whose drivers may be drunk.

It’s called the DUI Cam app, and its available to download free to a video-equipped smartphone. The app allows the phone to record all traffic movement within camera range, when the phone is placed in a mount on a vehicle dashboard or windshield.

The app was developed by UCR Computer Science Professor Frank Vahid:

“It’s got a couple of unique features that differentiate it from a regular video recorder. The first is that it doesn’t fill your storage up. It only saves the last 15 or 20 minutes or so, however you configure it. The second is that we make it really easy to save screen shots, so that you can then pan and zoom and hopefully get a license plate number or car make and model information, which is the information that law enforcement really needs to track these folks down.”

Vahid says the app also makes it easy to e-mail either snapshots or video for law enforcement to use as evidence. Vahid says the dui cam app was more than five years in the making, during which time he consulted police officers, prosecutors, and psycologists to refine the concept. Vahid says he’s got a couple of students working on improvements and enhancements to the app, including eventually automatic license plate recognition.

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