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Friday, May 27, 2011

Ultra-sensitive cameras, number-plate recognition and touch-screen consoles: Meet the LAPD's very own Batmobile car

Los Angeles, CA - This model isn’t even for sale in the US, but it’s already on the streets of Los Angeles—and it’s like nothing you’ve seen.

Not exactly sold? Spend a few moments with the Los Angeles Police Department and let them show off their latest addition.

This vehicle has got an infra-red camera to track footprints in the dark, automatic number-plate recognition and even a cut-out for a handgun in the front seats.

But it isn’t Batman or James Bond’s latest gadget. It’s a Chevrolet Caprice patrol vehicle for Los Angeles police and features some of the most high-tech law enforcement equipment ever seen.

The car, which is sold only for use by the police and government, is based on the Australian Holden Caprice and also has a touchscreen console, heavy-duty brakes and six-speed transmission

The Caprice can do 0-60mph in less than six seconds, is outfitted by the National Safety Agency in Australia and has 355 horsepower, a six-litre V8 engine, rear-wheel drive and 384 lb ft of torque.

It also has Automatic Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology that will read number-plates and alert officers when it matches a potentially-dangerous suspect vehicle

The touch-screen console in the front of the vehicle activates ALPR readers, air-conditioning and heating systems - and all of the wiring and hardware is in the boot in a sliding tray.

The Caprice’s seats are designed with cut-outs for a police officer's gun and radio - and there are even cut-outs for handcuffs in the suspect seats at the back of the vehicle.

It also has GPS capability, which gives the vehicle's location to their command centre and enables officers to place a call on a map and plot a route there.

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