Experts are urging drivers in Cornwall to stick to speed limits over Christmas to avoid being caught out by the new AI speed camera. The camera, on the A30 near Launceston, uses artificial intelligence and 4D radar tech see a full picture inside the car, and enable authorities to see if drivers are speeding, detect illegal use of mobile phones, and even see whether seat belts are fastened.

It caught out 1,500 drivers in just two weeks.

The warning comes ahead of Christmas as used car dealership Big Motoring World surveyed over 2,000 Brits and found that almost two-thirds (60%) are blissfully unaware that new speed cameras with artificial intelligence and 4D radar tech are already on UK roads.

The cameras are linked to UK police. Data from DVLA records may be shared with other government departments or public sector bodies who can demonstrate a legal power to permit sharing and meet the Data Protection Act requirements but there is no direct link to this information.

The trial saw cameras installed in Lambeth in South London as well as Cornwall, with the latter catching 300 drivers in its first three days earning its name of “Big Brother’s cash machine”.

Ian Hajyzamanali, Head of Marketing, at Big Motoring World has urged drivers to be conscious of the new cameras when driving during Christmas and New Year: “We’re advising drivers to stick to local speed limits over Christmas to avoid being slapped with hefty fines.

"Our recent research shows a significant number of people are unaware of the new technology, which not only catches you out speeding, but also alert authorities to illegal mobile phone usage and whether seatbelts have been fastened.

“By scanning inside your car, drivers are at risk of receiving further fines as not wearing a seatbelt carries a £500 fine and using a phone behind the wheel warrants a £200 fine.

“As we’re all aware, Christmas can be an expensive time and we’re issuing this warning so people don’t find themselves short of cash over the holidays.”