Hear this, ne’er-do-wells: That Ford Police Interceptor you’re trying to sneak up on has eyes in the back of its head.
A press release from Ford said the Motor Company is outfitting Police Interceptor cruisers with what it called “surveillance mode technology” to help officers know when someone is trying to sneak up on them from behind, especially at night.
The technology includes stuff we’re familiar with on civilian vehicles, including a backup camera, cross-traffic alert, and reverse parking assist. The release explained how these now-common tech features are tweaked for law enforcement use:
When an officer activates the system with the vehicle in park, the backup camera, combined with sensors that detect blind spots and parking obstacles, continually monitors the area to the rear of the vehicle. Surveillance mode can be turned off in situations such as curbside urban settings where pedestrians would constantly set the alarm off.
Ford Police and Ambulance Fleet Supervisor Randy Freiburger said, “I can tell you from personal experience at night that officer security is a critical concern. Unfortunately, there are people with bad intentions who sneak up on police officers. This system builds upon the Ford Police Interceptor DNA that puts safety and security at the top of the list.”
The surveillance mode goodies were developed by Intermotive, Inc. of Auburn, CA, who will sell the feature along with other law enforcement products. The surveillance mode package can be installed near Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, where the Police Interceptor is built, or by any number of local upfitters who work directly with Intermotive, the release said.
The feature will be available for both the sedan (Taurus) and utility (Explorer) versions of the Police Interceptor, Ford said.