What are these sinister looking things on M6 around Birmingham?

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On the left is a camera, obviously. But to the right I did wonder at first if it was a solar panel. But then why have it in the vertical plane and looking up and down the carriageway? I then suspected it was an infrared illuminator and a drive past in the dark and seeing a dull red glow then confirmed this.

I’m guessing they’ve got enough light to see a registration plate, so I’m also guessing it’s to see inside a car.
Facial recognition? Phone use? Any ideas, anyone?

I’ve been meaning to post this for sometime but then I saw this story today in a beacon of journalism know as The Sun

https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/8166872/new-speed-cameras-fine-phone-eating-smoking/

Then Netflix are going to start using AI to detect multiple people signed in on the same account.
Seems things are getting scarily big brother scarily quickly. 29A05537-F49E-4A8D-9AA5-CACDFD0BF61B.jpeg
 
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