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New Ford system helps warn police of approaches

DEARBORN, Mich. — Police could soon be getting some extra backup — from their cars.

Ford Motor Co. has a new surveillance system for police cars that automatically sounds a chime, locks the doors and puts up the windows if it detects someone approaching the car from behind. The system — which Ford is patenting — is the first of its kind.

"It's like insurance. You hope you never need it. But if you do, it gives the officer a few extra seconds of warning," says Marc Ellison, vice president of operations at Auburn, Calif.-based InterMotive Inc., which helped Ford develop it.

Backup cameras and sensors usually only work when a car is in reverse. The new system, dubbed "Surveillance Mode," allows an officer to use them while the car is parked. An image from the backup camera is beamed onto the rearview mirror, so the officer can keep an eye on the rear of the car. If someone comes too close, four sensors on the rear bumper will detect them. The system works during the day and at night, when officers are often the most vulnerable. It can be turned off if officers are in high traffic areas with a lot of pedestrians.
New Ford system helps warn police of approaches :: WRAL.com

Great idea for the single officer, like eyes in the back of the head.
 

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New Ford system helps warn police of approaches :: WRAL.com

Great idea for the single officer, like eyes in the back of the head.
What happens if the officer leaves the car with the keys in the ignition while stopping someone for a traffic violation and a pedestrian happens to walk behind the police car minding his own business? Or even another LEO responding as a backup. I see a lot of radio calls by police asking for someone to come open the car door.
 

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What happens if the officer leaves the car with the keys in the ignition while stopping someone for a traffic violation and a pedestrian happens to walk behind the police car minding his own business? Or even another LEO responding as a backup. I see a lot of radio calls by police asking for someone to come open the car door.
That's easy. Carry a spare key.
 

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Most Crown Vic's that I've seen deputies drive around here are opened by the code on the door. Deputies usually leave their car running -- Florida gets pretty warm most days -- when they leave the car, so they lock it and then gain entrance by the keypad.
 
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How much is this system that the LEOs will turn off gonna cost the taxpayers?
 

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How much is this system that the LEOs will turn off gonna cost the taxpayers?
Compared to a lot of other accessories relatively inexpensive.

InterMotive sells Surveillance Mode for $248.33 as a stand-alone option. It's $75 when part of a package of other options, including a dimmer for interior lights if the officer doesn't want to be seen and a system that automatically turns down the radio if a call comes in over two-way radio. If a police car doesn't have a backup camera, the system just uses the sensors.
 

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How much is this system that the LEOs will turn off gonna cost the taxpayers?
Well, I wish I could say that they didn't spend our money on worse things.
 

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That's really cool. Theres also a spotlight with a motion sensor on it. If you are on a traffic stop for example, and the driver exits the car, the spotlight will "see" it, and beep to alert the LEO that there was movement. Pretty cool stuff.
 

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Ford Motor Co. has a new surveillance system for police cars that automatically sounds a chime, locks the doors and puts up the windows if it detects someone approaching the car from behind. The system — which Ford is patenting — is the first of its kind.


Seems to be one of those bits of added security technology information that should be kept close and not published in press releases and news stories all over the web.
 

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I want one of those.

I'd also like to have a dash cam.

And a siren and light on top would be sweet. :embarassed:
 
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i think its a good thing for LEOs to have. something to give them alittle extra security. i like it.
 

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Ooooook (sarcasism intended) ..... alarm 'fine', but I would NOT want a system that would roll up windows and locks doors. What if I need to exit quickly ? What if .. I need an open window to be able to shoot ? What if this happens while someone is beside the car and I need to draw and shoot ? Now... you have to shoot thru the side window too ? I don't see the positives in this personally.
 

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Yeah I'm not even an LEO and I can see the bad side of that auto window/door lock thing. The rest of it, alarm chimes, rearview display, etc... look useful. I could use that rearview mirror display myself. That's kinda handy.

I built something like that for my old dodge before i traded her in years ago. This was before rear-view cams were starting to show up in vehicles. I built an lcd screen into the center console and mounted a small ccd up underneath the rear bumper. That came in REALLY handy parking in spaces I would normally not be comfortable trying. Was also great to help double check to make sure I wasn't running anyone over in reverse. Kinda hard when you're truck is 7.5' tall!
 

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Ooooook (sarcasism intended) ..... alarm 'fine', but I would NOT want a system that would roll up windows and locks doors. What if I need to exit quickly ? What if .. I need an open window to be able to shoot ? What if this happens while someone is beside the car and I need to draw and shoot ? Now... you have to shoot thru the side window too ? I don't see the positives in this personally.
Exiting a locked police car does not require unlocking the door first. Just pulling the handle. If you need to roll the window down to shoot, you're doing it wrong. That window will be history after the first round hits it, and a side window wont take all the love out of a bullet...just some :yup: It'll still be able to do damage.

It's funny how people react when under "fire". During some scenario type training, its funny to watch someone tuck their notepad under their arm, or stuff it back in a pocket before drawing a pistol. I would say only about half would just throw the notepad down and draw. Weird how the brain prioritizes things under stress :blink:
 

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Ok, so the officer is conducting a traffic stop and as he approaches the vehicle the driver starts shooting. The officer moves off the X and places his patrol car between him and the shooter which activates this wonderful system locking all the doors and rolling up the windows preventing the officer from being able to access his shotgun. The officer is wounded. The shooter drives off. The officer is unable to pursue the shoot and/or drive himself to the nearest hospital because this wonderful piece of automated technology has locked the officer out of his patrol car. The shooter escapes and continues to live a life of crime and murder. The officer bleeds out on the side of the road because the med kit is locked in the patrol car and he can't drive his locked car to a hospital.

I think Ford hasn't thought this one out very well...It's time to go back to the drawing board Ford.
 
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