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‘Police Car of the Future’ Gets Spotlight In Center City Philadelphia

(Photos by John Ostapkovich)

(Photos by John Ostapkovich)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Broadband for the thin blue line?  That’s what Motorola is showing off this week at a public safety industry trade show in center city Philadelphia.  And it’s a lot of technology on four wheels.

Its light flashing, Motorola Solutions’ vision of the “police car of the future” sits in the Great Hall of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, at Broad and Cherry Streets.

Alan Lopez, a Motorola spokesman, says the prototype vehicle is jammed with technology that goes beyond a mere computer keyboard.

“You press one button, you say a command.  It’ll switch the application on the workstation.  You can turn on the siren, you can turn on the lights,” and all with your voice, he points out.  “You can turn on the puiblic address sytem with it.  You can even release the gun rack with it.”

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The car can also contain an automated license plate reader.  And all that’s going on in and around one equipped car can be shared with other law enforcement officials via streaming video, Lopez notes.

“Everybody has access to the same information.  The chief could be in a car, could be in the command center.”

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One more detail: remote kill-switch technology can keep the police car from being stolen.

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

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