Ford Motor Co. boasts of a new technology that provides police officers with more protection against persons sneaking behind their vehicle. Ford Police Interceptor could now be equipped with the surveillance mode that features the carmaker’s existing driver-assist systems to monitor the area around the rear of the unit.
Once a person sneaks behind the vehicle, the system will sound a chime, lock the doors and roll up the driver's window. Police officers could use the surveillance mode feature while the vehicle is parked, with the image from the back camera fed in the rearview mirror. An officer could turn off the system in areas with high traffic, since pedestrians could constantly set off the chime. Ford is working on a patent for the system with the help of InterMotive Inc., which developed and will sell the system.
Ford remarked that the system will allow police officers to perform tasks like writing reports while in their vehicle, as the system guards them against an attack, especially at night. The idea was thought up by Randy Freiburger, a Ford engineer that works on the design of police and ambulance vehicles, after riding along with a deputy from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The deputy brought Freiburger on a crime scene, where the officer went on foot chase. Freiburger ended up staying alone in the car. He remarked that it was difficult to “be aware of all the people” around him at all times under those conditions.
Freiburger said that officer security is a critical concern. He said in the company statement that the new system builds on the Ford Police Interceptor DNA that places “safety and security at the top of the list." The surveillance system is available for $248.33 as a stand-alone option, and comes as part of a larger security package, according to The Detroit News said.