Chevrolet Caprice PPV - Click above to watch video after the jump

By now, you've probably committed every detail of the new generation of police cruisers to memory. With so many potential successors to the Ford Crown Victoria throne, it pays to know exactly which models to look out for on the road, especially if you dabble in extra-legal speeds. The guys from Translogic recently got the chance to get up close and personal with the new Chevrolet Caprice PPV courtesy of a tour by the Los Angeles Police Department. Along with getting the full scoop on what the vehicle has to offer in terms of officer and criminal comfort, we're also introduced to some of the killer tech on board the new cruiser.

Officers are now treated to an easy-to-navigate touch screen that handles everything from HVAC controls to advanced crime-fighting tech. License-plate recognition software combines two front-mounted cameras with a criminal database to alert officers of potentially threatening drivers and an additional super-sensitive infrared camera can even detect a perpetrator's footsteps at night. Go go gadget awesome.

Hit the jump to check out the video for yourself.



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      Robert Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here is the photo of the orginal Australian police mockup and locally developed software http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_-Bw9_kQGCUU/SgFeECip4pI/AAAAAAAAAHk/H2GR3q5Z-gA/s1600/Queensland%2B-%2BAustralia%2BPolice%2BCar%2B2.jpg
      Soul Shinobi
      • 3 Years Ago
      The dark headlight pic us useful. No rear seat pics? Some people might be concerned about rear seat comfort!
      Aleem
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now, let's paint it in N.Y.P.D. colors and bring it to the 5 boroughs.
        Aaron Koehne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Aleem
        and put the new Federal Signal Vision SLR lightbar on top with clear lenses and colored lighting
      yesaninsider
      • 3 Years Ago
      yea needs 2 cameras to get a brief glimpse of my manual LS3-powered Pontiac PPV ;) lol
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      looking at the first photo quickly with the black tires/wheels blending in with the paint job, I thought it was some sort of new Citroen DS
      Robert Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The software for Police use was developed in Australia and was part of a "package" sent to the US by Holden. http://theage.drive.com.au/motor-news/holden-unveils-its-us-cop-car-20091006-gjt5.html http://officialvehicle.blogspot.com/2009/05/holden-ve-commodore-futuristic-patrol.html
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only Caprice I care about is the little one.
      Kent
      • 3 Years Ago
      I noticed a couple of things. First, despite being a Chevy, the car doesn't have the horizontally-split grille that Chevy has adopted as a styling cue. Second, the back end looks somewhat like the current generation Impala. If Chevy does get a version of the Commodore to offer as a flagship sedan, it will have to undergo some major work on the exterior to make it look like a Chevy.
        StegRacing@youtube
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kent
        That's funny, in Australia we reckon it couldn't look more American.. Anyway, I don't believe they are changing a thing other than colours, and an undercover version.
      Jose C. Hernandez
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can imagine a hackers trying to get into with mesh. That was a whole lot of plates scanned.
      AMG THIS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Worst. Host. Ever.
      holytaco
      • 3 Years Ago
      So what's going to happen to the AC controls when the LAPD sells off their fleets? They surely aren't going to leave those fancy LCD screens in there. GM- we want a pedestrian version ASAP!
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @holytaco
        I thought I read that these won't be sold to the public after they're retired, because they don't meet NHTSA's FMVSS regulations (basically, they're grey-market cars).
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      This one appears to be an actual LAPD cop car, not just a demo unit. Looks interesting, I'm not really a fan of an all-LCD center stack with no real buttons, but I can see why in this case they did it. It's a little sad this car is specifically adapted for this purpose and it still has a cab driver-style partition instead of a more integrated one.
        Aaron Koehne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        check out Kerr industries on youtube...they demonstrate how they're able to remove most of the equipment from a retired Crown Vic and transfer it into the Caprice
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