Robot police forces are an idea largely reserved for movies, but Ford seems motivated to make them a reality, at least as far as cars go, as the American automaker recently filed a patent for an automated police car. Filing a patent doesn’t necessary mean we’ll see the idea coming to a road near you, but it does show that Ford is open to exploring the possibility.
In theory, the automated police car would be able to issue citations and tickets to vehicles violating the laws and regulations of the road. The car would be able to use roadside sensors and cameras as well as operate independently. If an offending vehicle deserved more than a ticket or citation, the automated police car could follow it.
The police car would be able to wirelessly connect to a vehicle to communicate with the driver. From there, it would be able to determine whether the offending vehicle deserved a ticket or citation.
This latest patent is a sign Ford is taking the next generation of technology seriously. With a goal of building autonomous vehicles by 2021, the American automaker is continuing to utilize all of its resources to develop self-driving technology.
While we here at Robbie Roberson Ford won’t have any automated police cars rolling off our lot anytime soon, we can at least hope to see more advanced systems on our Ford vehicles in the future.