Ford is introducing new safety technology in its police Interceptors for the 2014 model year meant to mitigate the risk of someone sneaking up on an officer.
The system uses equipment including the backup camera, cross-traffic alert and reverse park assist to detect someone approaching a cruiser from behind. With the system activated and the vehicle in park, the system cumulatively monitors it surroundings.
If a potential threat is approaching, the car will play a warning chime, roll up the driver’s side window and lock the doors. Ford also said the surveillance mode can be turned off in areas with heavy pedestrian traffic where it would otherwise be set off constantly.
Ford police and ambulance fleet supervisor Randy Freiburger is behind the idea, which he got after spending time taking ride-alongs with officers.
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