Vauxhall has won a contest by the Association of Chief Police Officers Intelligent Transport Systems (ACPO ITS) to showcase an electric vehicle that utilizes revolutionary crime-fighting technology, which could be brought into the active Police service by 2015. On January 31, 2012, Vauxhall demonstrated the innovative Ampera in Police livery packed with the latest policing equipment on the Home Office's Centre of Applied Science & Technology (CAST) podium at the Police & Security Conference held in Farnborough.
The Vauxhall Ampera is on the shortlist for both European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year recognition. It is fitted with a wide array of high-tech kit in order to aid Police officers in fighting crime.
The features include internal camera for facial recognition linked to the Police National Database, four external-mounted cameras for evidence gathering, and a second screen mounted on the passenger sun visor to allow the passenger to access all Police information.
The vehicle also has the standard Ampera display screen refurbished to provide all information presently available to Police officers such as the Automatic Number Plate Recognition.
Moreover, the New Police software that has been loaded with historic data and previous incidents is run through complex algorithms to forecast possible crime hotspots. James Brokenshire, the Under Secretary of State for Crime and Security, was provided with a thorough demonstration of the crime-fighting feature on the Ampera by ACPO ITS Chief Superintendent Jim Hammond.
Vauxhall Special Vehicles Manager Dick Ellam commented that they are "delighted" to have won the ACPO ITS competition and are "excited" to have showcased the "fittingly" innovative Ampera featuring this array of "cutting-edge equipment."