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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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