NYPD's Next-Gen Cruiser Gets High-Tech Tools

December 26, 2013

The NYPD began using Ford P.I. sedans in the fall. Vehicle shown is not "smart car." Screenshot via Acepilot2k7/YouTube.
The NYPD began using Ford P.I. sedans in the fall. Vehicle shown is not "smart car." Screenshot via Acepilot2k7/YouTube.

The New York Police Department's next-gen patrol vehicle brings a litany of high-tech tools to the patrol assignment, including a main console displaying a video feed, surveillance camera that can send a live feed to headquarters, radiation detector, and infrared monitors.

The high-tech tools were outlined in a long-term strategic plan known as NYPD2020 presented to Commissioner Ray Kelly in November by consultant McKinsey & Co., reports the Wall Street Journal.

McKinsey's 13-page report includes 260 recommendations, including a "smart car" prototype that has been patroling the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn Heights. The prototype is a Ford Police Interceptor sedan.

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