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Ford has been granted a patent for intelligent, autonomous police cars

Ford has been granted a patent for intelligent, autonomous police cars”

Earlier this month, Ford was granted a patent for an autonomous police vehicle. It's a slick piece of kit because it can tell when traffic laws are broken, and from there, take the necessary actions automatically.

The autonomous police officer can use one of the connected sensors to find out if there's a violation that occurred. We know that self-driving cars rely on sensors to get around, and this robot police vehicle is no different. As neither have been deemed fully capable of replacing humans just yet, don't expect to see a fleet of robot cars cruising around town anytime soon.

The goal of Ford's endeavor is to automate "routine police tasks, such as issuing tickets for speeding or failure to stop at a stop sign".

During the chase, the police auto will issue warnings to the pursued vehicle, will identify the owner of the auto and will issue fines or warnings. That's quite smart, but don't expect this autonomous vehicle to chase insane drivers around town.

The patent application was filed on July 12, 2016, and has been published on January 18, 2018, and it lists four inventors and Ford Global Technologies as the applicant. It just leaves the option open and ensures that no one else can develop it in the mean time.

The autonomous police auto also comes with built-in AI that will be advanced enough to determine whether a driver's infraction warrants a citation or simply a stern talking to, which presumably sounds like when KITT explains Silicon Valley to Michael Knight.

If we do not witness autonomous police cruisers as widespread in the United States within the next 10 years, then 40 years might be the magic number. The autonomous police vehicle would be able to tap into surveillance cameras to spot the infractions.



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