FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

PW6 In-Car Camera System - PatrolWitness
The new PW6 In-Car Video System from PatrolWitness is compact, rugged, and...

Product News

Video: New Ford System Warns Officers of Rear Pedestrians

July 19, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Ford's Surveillance Mode

Ford has added a new technology called "surveillance mode" to its 2014 Ford Police Interceptor sedan and P.I. Utility that alerts an officer when a pedestrian approaches the vehicle from behind to heighten the officer's tactical awareness.

Ford collaborated with InterMotive Inc. to develop the new technology, which uses existing driver-assist technologies in its police vehicles, including a backup camera, a cross-traffic alert, and reverse-park assist. When an officer activates the system in a vehicle in park mode, these driver assist systems monitor the area to the rear of the vehicle and alert the officer with a chime and by displaying what's behind the vehicle on the backup camera display in the cabin. The system also rolls up the windows and locks the vehicle's doors in order to give an officer inside the vehicle more time to assess the situation.

The officer can deactivate the system in an area with so many pedestrians that the system would be constantly alerting the officer.

The concept is patent-pending and came from Randy Freiburger, Ford's police and ambulance fleet supervisor. He spent hours riding with police officers and saw what officers dealt with during routine patrols and investigations, according to Ford.

The system costs $248.33 as a stand-alone option or $75 when selected as part of a group of other options, Ford's Chris Terry told Government Fleet. Ford doesn't actually make or install the system but that government entities with police vehicles can order the system through Ford. The system can be installed at Crown, a facility near Ford's Chicago assembly plant, or by area upfitters.

Request more info about this product / service / company

Comments (1)

Displaying 1 - 1 of 1

murgy01 @ 7/23/2013 7:15 PM

Sounds like a good concept, however I don't like the idea of the system automatically closing the window and locking the door... I would like to exit in a hurry if needed or just drive away .......

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Havis Introduces Upgraded Universal Laptop and Tablet Cradle Line
The new generation of Havis universal cradles, which includes the UT-1000 Series, the...
SandCat Stormer Armored SUV Designed for the Fight Against Terror
As a response to the growing domestic terror and violence seen over recent years, Plasan...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine