Driving licenses - Sensors and cameras in the car, the driving test will take place remotely

The need arises from a mere practical consideration: the need to respond to the very serious personnel crisis that has afflicted the Motor Vehicles for ten years and which, apparently, will not be resolved either in the short or in the medium term. After yet another “piece”, that is the decision to call back the driving examiners who have retired in the last two years, now the ministry led by Enrico Giovannini seems willing to definitively turn the page and take, consistently with the spirit of time, the hi-tech track. Even in the driving exams which, if everything goes as they wish at the dicastery in Piazza di Porta Pia, could take place remotely. Giovannini himself announced it during a hearing in the Transport Committee in the Chamber: “We are working on the hypothesis of doing the practical exams through a remote connection”.

Feasibility study. A joke? Not so much, because this hypothesis is also being talked about at European level. And in Italy the feasibility study is at a rather advanced stage. According to Quattroruote, to take the exams remotely, driving schools or consortia of driving schools will have to equip themselves with vehicles specially equipped with cameras, microphones, speakers, sensors (also on the double controls) and the possibility of remote connection with the examiner’s station . That on a monitor, also thanks to a specific software, will be able to have in real time all the useful and necessary information to evaluate the candidate’s preparation and the correctness of the exam. So not only images of the interior and exterior of the car, on which, as now, the driving school instructor will take place in addition to the candidate, but also repetition of the signs present on the stretch of road traveled by the car – with automatic signaling failure to comply with it – and all data transmitted by the car and by the sensors installed on board (speed, acceleration, braking, use of lights, direction indicators, seat belts, etc.).

Recorded exam. Not only. Hardware and software will allow the examiner, before the test, to recognize the identity of the candidate through a facial recognition system, to automatically preload the candidate’s personal data on the exam report and to pre-select the path that the aspiring licensed candidate will have to take. travel on the basis of the characteristics of the roads and of possible events that make it necessary to use alternative routes to those initially planned. At the end of the test, the examiner will also be able to review, where necessary, parts of the exam, which will be entirely videotaped (and therefore contest-proof, more than what is currently available). In addition, a summary report will be available: the examiner will be able to know, for example, the number of road signs not respected, the mistakes made and have access to all driving data.

More exams and lower costs. Furthermore, all this will allow to maximize the number of exams in relation to the number of available examiners, who will no longer have to physically move from one province to another, as happens now. Among other things, all this will allow the administration to save a lot of money. However, it is not known when all this will take place: as mentioned, the feasibility study is underway at the Ministry of Infrastructure. And it is easy to imagine that before putting the hi-tech exam on the road it will take a few more years: the time necessary to write specific rules and, subsequently, to carry out adequate experimentation. but the road, it must be said, has been drawn.

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