A screenshot of the Hayden AI tech recognizing vehicles blocking bus lanes using bus-mounted cameras. (SEPTA)

SEPTA has been testing an artificial intelligence bus lane enforcement program.

From April to June, cameras were mounted on seven buses on routes 21 and 42, which run on Chestnut and Walnut streets.

The system used “computer vision” technology developed by San Francisco firm Hayden AI to recognize vehicles blocking bus lanes or parked illegally at bus stops.

It detected about 4,000 cars blocking lanes in Center City, and 32,000 bus stop violations in West Philly and Upper Darby. 

New York, San Francisco and DC already use this technology to give out tickets and deter drivers from blocking lanes. 

In NYC, bus speeds increased on routes where the tech is used, in some cases by 40 percent.

SEPTA hasn’t yet formally proposed using the system to give tickets in Philadelphia, but in its AI study, the agency says it wants to roll out camera-assisted enforcement citywide.

Watch how it works below.

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Meir Rinde is an investigative reporter at Billy Penn covering topics ranging from politics and government to history and pop culture. He’s previously written for PlanPhilly, Shelterforce, NJ Spotlight,...