Ford’s US police cars are about to become ‘safer’, with the installation of a live tracking device to monitor officer behaviour.
The global carmaker says collisions are the leading cause of police officer fatalities, and hopes the new technology will ensure police are driving in a safe manner.
Ford co-developed the technology with California-based Telogis, which describes itself as “a cloud-based software platform”.
Unlike a ‘black box-style’ recorder, the Telogis system can relay a police vehicle’s speed and location in real time, while also reporting whether the occupants are wearing seatbelts.
The system can also monitor throttle percentage, brake applications and acceleration, along with instances where anti-lock brakes or traction control were required.
Even a spin can be sent back to ‘Big Brother’ in real time, and the system can be used to generate ‘score cards’ to promote safe driving.
Ford hopes US police departments will use the system to ensure officers are driving as safely as possible at all times, including early detection and correction of poor driving habits.
The system is already seeing use in vehicles from the Los Angeles Police Department, with departments in other locations expected to adopt the technology throughout 2015.