• Nov 17th 2007 at 3:23PM
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Many criminals today have tools to evade capture, and now tech companies are doing their best to help law enforcement catch up. License-reading cameras, infrared lights, GPS tracking, enhanced communications, and WMD sensors are just a few of the ways that cops are helping to get criminals, but law-breakers are constantly adapting their methods. Popular Mechanics analyzed all the new technology that is helping the good guys catch the bad guys, and they've come up with a list of the most cop-friendly gadgets. You can check them out after the jump.

[Source: Popular Mechanics]

1. Carbon Motors E7: A custom police cruiser option with bullet-proof panels and dash, WMD sensors, all the latest cameras, and more.

2. Project54 Voice Command System: It's SYNC for police vehicles, with voice commands for pursuit, radar detection, and license checks.

3. Automatic License Check Cameras: This pricey piece scans every license it passes, helping police find hit and run drivers, wanted men, and Amber alerts.

4. StarChase GPS Launcher: Its shoots a GPS-enabled projectile at the bad guys, which sticks to the vehicle and helps cops track it down.

5. Rumbler Intersection Clearing System: It uses eight-inch subwoofers to create enough base to notify drivers around the patrol car that they need to get out of the way.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Huh? what is with number #5?

      Don't you guys have sirens?
      • 7 Years Ago
      #4 is more like Bond movie stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a question, if Rumbler has enough bass to "notify drivers around the patrol car that they need to get out of the way". How does the cop in the car feel?
      • 7 Years Ago
      All your base are belong to us!
      • 7 Years Ago
      ... wait what?? WMD sensors?? why couldn't they have had these before the g*dd*mn iraq war???
      • 7 Years Ago
      Police here in UK have had #3 for like 5 years or more now, its a similar system for some toll roads and london congestion charge.
      On one god police tv shows set around city of sheffield where it follows them in there daily rounds they find (using the special cameras) that something like 1 in 4 cars has invalid tax and 1 in 10 not insured and they never stop them as they say there is just so many people breaking the laws. lol.

      #5 is a good idea, wonder if they got the idea from fast and the furious (dont know which one) where the car gets zapped with that big tazer like thing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aww, shucks. Lake Tahoe is already a Police State, too many agencies with too much money and too much equipment. If only I see them pulling over $60K Lexus SUV from Bay Area, instead its always a pickup truck of some poor working sap.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think #3 could be a big one for police. Imagine a cop driving scanning the plates of cars he is driving behind. In near real-time, his computer will alert him to which cars are stolen, which ones have expired tags, and who has arrest warrants. The cop can then pick and choose who he *feels* like pulling over. It will save police alot of time and could let them focus in on the more serious violators. Pretty neat, but this also means you had better have your tags up to date.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Base != Low Frequency
      Bass == Low Frequency
      • 7 Years Ago
      #5 won't help me. I'm already deaf from the jerks with the rapmobiles
      • 7 Years Ago
      now all you need is:
      -a built-in taser
      -a built-in semi or fully automatic (you know, to blow those tires out meaning no more endangering officers trying to throw a spike strip, etc)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nothing says police state like being tracked with a government assigned number.
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