AMERICAN car manufacturer Ford is working on plans for a robo-car that can be used by police to fight crime.
The driverless vehicle would be able to hide behind trees and send speeding tickets digitally to motorists who break the law.
It could even chase criminal suspects down the road.
The car, which is at an early stage of development, would use artificial intelligence (AI) to locate the best hiding place to catch people who break road laws.
The car will be kitted out with sensors and cameras, so that it can take snaps of numberplates. It will also be able to use satellites to work out where exactly a suspect’s car is located.
The plan is that the robo-car would also have the ability to access information about the suspect from his or her car’s computer. If the driver is wanted for other crimes, the driverless police car would know and then give chase.
It’s even possible for the AI police vehicle to take control of the suspect’s vehicle.
There are likely to be concerns about the technology when it is rolled out, which Ford thinks will be in the 2020s. The surveillance powers of the vehicles will worry many people who fear that the police will be able to track our every move.
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