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Britain’s Vauxhall Cop Car Gets Us One Step Closer To A Real Batmobile

Posted September 4th, 2013 in Uncategorized by Billy Jensen

Batman pickup truck

This summer, Jared Barris, the grandson of Batmobile creator George Barris, unveiled the Ford F-150 Crimefighter at San Diego Comic-con. Tuxedo black with Ferrari red striping and tail fins, the Crimefighter looks like a Bat truck, but unfortunately does not have a Bat Computer or other high tech advancements to help fight crime.

Enter the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. On the outside, the British car looks like a low-slung minivan, but it’s what’s on the inside that matters.

  • Hi-def cameras atop the vehicle provide 360-degree filming of its surroundings.
  • An onboard computer receives video feeds from closed circuit TV images from anywhere in town.
  • The internal camera will capture images of the arrestee’s face, and facial recognition software compares the image with a national database. The car is a mobile wi-fi hotspot with blazing speed.
  • A black box in the car, similar to those in planes, captures all the information to a central server.
  • As officers drive the streets, information on neighborhoods and individuals living near their location are displayed.
  • Onboard software shows trends and predicts crimes before they happen.
  • Top speed of 122mph.

Even if it comes in black, it still wouldn’t suit Batman.

Vauxhall, a subsidiary of General Motors, supplies the UK with more than 70 percent of their police cars.

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