The Crown Vic is out. That means criminals are going to have to get used to a new light pattern lurking in the dark. Police departments across America are upgrading their transportation and equipping their new rides with modern crime-busting tech to make their lives easier, and ours safer.

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  • While the battle for tomorrow's cop car of choice wages on, technology providers are showing off their latest gear in hopes of being included on whichever vehicle wins out.

    Here's our list of the best new police patrol technologies.

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  • StarChase GPS Launcher

    This might be the closest thing on our list to what you might expect to see in a Bond flick. The StarChase GPS Launcher is exactly that: a big air cannon that fires a GPS tracking device from a patrol car onto a pursued vehicle. 

    The idea here is that officers can curb dangerous high-speed pursuits by tracking a vehicle remotely via GPS. Now, knowing a vehicle's whereabouts no longer requires blaring sirens and lights down the 405. (In fact, LAPD is known to own such a device.)

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  • Project54

    Project54 is a voice command system designed to help officers drive safer. Law enforcement isn't just cracking down on distracted driving among civilians, they're looking at themselves too. And, considering the vast amount of buttons spread over the dash a typical cruiser, we can see why.

    Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have developed a system that can actually replace many of the touch controls in the car. Commands include turning on lights and sirens, running plates and taking a radar reading of a speeding car. All it requires is a single 'push-to-talk' button and spoken commands, much like Ford's Sync system

    The cost of this system is relatively low, compared to some of the other hi-tech police gear we've featured. Software goes for about $500, and runs on a standard laptop computer.

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  • Carbon Motors E7

    Sometimes the best tech is the car itself. This police vehicle is just a concept, and might never make it to market. But, we think Carbon Motors may be on to something.

    Purpose-built from the ground up, the E7 is made of fast and flexible thermoplastic and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 6 seconds. Not only that, but Carbon estimates that the price would be the same as retrofitting an existing livery car. Prices are said to start in the high-20-thousands and go up from there, if all the prior tech listed here was to be included.

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