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Ford Offers "Surveillance mode" in New Police Interceptor

September 22, 2014  | 

Ford has found a way to tweak a couple of high-tech features to create a capability that helps protect police officers, USA Today reported.

It's "surveillance mode" that's used on the police version of the Ford Taurus, known as the Police Interceptor. It employs the car's rear-view camera and proximity radar to warn police officers if they are being approached from the rear.

If a stranger comes up from behind, a chime warns the officer. It also rolls up the driver's side window, locks the doors and flashes exterior lights.

Introduced on 2014 police vehicles, surveillance mode is now being offered to other automakers and for military applications, Ford says.

Comments (10)

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Jeremy David Young @ 9/22/2014 11:26 AM

Not that I am worried so much on this, but is there a way that maybe Ford and Police Magazine would maybe make one log in to an account, either on the magazine page or whatever to see this type of information? Now criminals who want to do harm will be prepared for this technology to deploy and will then attempt other ways to harm the Officer in that vehicle, whether their intent was to ambush or just what it may be. Just a little heads up, anyone can see this page and can get whatever info they need. Might be a little tactful to do it that way. Announcing to the world is not a good thing.

Mo lassis @ 9/22/2014 12:23 PM

Hey Jeremy maybe Ford should have it in all cars as an option. Its funny how you think only cops are in need of security. You probably think only cops should be armed. Remember being a cop is a safe career. You dolts die more because you drive like shït, than from people attacking you. Get over yourself already. If people are sneaking up on you, you must of done someone wrong. Isn't that what cops usually say?

Mike @ 9/22/2014 12:28 PM

Good idea Jeremy. Maybe it will also stop dickheads like "Mo Lassis"

Bob Tree @ 9/22/2014 10:53 PM

I don't like the flashing lights idea. Maybe the guy sneaking up is a nark I've been waiting for. Draws to much attention. I like the chime idea. That's about it.
For should needs to work on dash light dimming capabilities. On mine when I turn of the headlights the dash lights become brighter, and there is no way of turning off the dash lights.

Bob Tree @ 9/22/2014 10:54 PM

And I'll work on my grammar too.

TheRookie @ 9/23/2014 1:55 AM

Absolutely like the chime, window, & door lock idea. Definitely not the flashing lights crap. Also, Ford TAURUS? I remember when they had us briefly in Dodge Intrepids & Luminas. Talk about shatty patrol vehicles. What was wrong with a newer modified Crown Vic. version with same type of features. I have a Taurus as my POV. Wouldn't want one with a jet engine speed affixed as a Patrol Car. LOL.

DEADMAN @ 9/23/2014 5:34 AM

Ford has a better idea,this isn't it,don't go locking me in a car.If you can have you cars park themselves,you can program it to detect bad guy,start engine,turn wheel and back over the perp,repeatedly.If it start lights and sirens,it will occupy officers attention to try to find out WTF is wrong with my cruiser.Fords better idea,they're keeping it to themselves.

DEADMAN @ 9/23/2014 5:44 AM

Bobits and Police Magazines STUPID IDEA , give access to Police Blotter and articles to civilians that shouldn't be allowed to view possible equipment or training information and possibly purchase the equipment and use that equipment and training information to harm an officer.If Bobit doesn't get the message ,i hope that their advertisers do and pull thei articles and ads from this magazine ,it is irresponsible , for them to give this access.

Chuk @ 9/23/2014 9:51 AM

I agree the lights are a bit much. I like the locking of the doors, as anyone who has driven Ford products should know that pulling the door handle opens the door without delay. No need to push an unlock button. But it does keep anyone outside from opening the doors. Nothing beats vigilance - although with all the crap in the cars these days it is becoming increasingly difficult to not be distracted. Keep your heads on a swivel folks and get home at EOW!

Murph @ 9/23/2014 8:33 PM

Ok the chime is not a problem. Locking the doors - won't be an officer issue since you can just open the door from the inside, the lights flashing? That is a suggestion we give to civilians to attract attention scare off the bad guy and get the police to respond. We are the police, our job isn't to scare off the bad guy and who are we hoping to get to come to our aid? The window - now that is just plain stupid. An open window allows the officer to use one more sense. I recommend to my officers to always have a window at least cracked in order ot hear what isw going on. Now they want the car to close the window because the boogie man is walking up on the car. I hope they talk to Cops before they add more stupid crap to this "Police " vehicle. Years of the Crown Vic being a very capable Police vehicle to this thing. We are given more and more equipment and they give use a smaller car to carry it in and forget about the computer - Not enough room for two average sized cops.

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