How many times have you see cops driving around without their seat belts on?
Can you even count how many times you have seen them speed by you for no apparent reason?
Those little black boxes that law enforcement and insurance outfits love so much in newer cars are now going to start ratting out cops with bad habits, in real time.
Ford’s newest line of police cruisers are designed to catch bad guys on both sides of the law.
Ford Telematics for Law Enforcement — designed by the automaker and California software firm Telogisis — is built into the company’s latest line of law enforcement Taurus and Explorer Interceptors, and tracks when officers bend the rules of the road while policing it.
The system tracks a swath of data about the driving habits of girls and boys in blue, including when the siren and lights are activated, driving speed compared to the limit, sudden braking, acceleration, spin-outs and anti-lock brake engagement. Telematics for Law Enforcement transmits the data in real-time, and has already been outfitted on 50 Los Angeles police cruisers.
“From a business standpoint, these are expensive vehicles with expensive employees driving them,” former L.A. Country sheriff and Washington State University Professor Bryan Vila said in a Wednesday Wired report. “When they crash, they’re also more likely to kill bystanders and civilians, so there’s a public safety side. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the LAPD implementing this.”
The system also knows when officers are using their seat belts and when their airbags have deployed in a crash, alerting dispatchers to send assistance. Ford’s new features are expected to encourage safer and more responsible driving among officers, who regularly skip wearing seatbelts because it gets in the way of other gear, and can slow them down when they need to exit vehicles fast, according to the report.
Ford has yet to disclose a price for the system, which should be widely available next year.
I was a Ford factory trained mechanic back in the 90's and I saw this kind of crap coming clear back when they were first designing it.
People have no clue just how advanced the electronics are in new cars.
It's a fact that a 1985 Mustang had more computing power on board than the Lunar Module that landed on the moon.
When I quit working on cars for a living clear back in 1999, the new Lincoln models that year had 11 computers on board that all talked to each other at the same time through one wire.
It's called Multiplexing and that was clear back then.
Just try and imagine what those rotten bastards could do now if they didn't have any restraints put on them.
Driverless cars are a reality right now.
It just cracks me up though that all these arrogant pricks are going to find out just where on the food chain they really are.
Click it or ticket, bitches!