Ford offers surveillance mode for police, military vehicles

Ford offers surveillance mode for police, military vehicles

System warns parked vehicle users when someone approaches from behind.

September 18, 2014

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford Motor Co. is making available its multi-patent-pending surveillance mode technology to other vehicle manufacturers and for use in military applications. Available on Ford Police Interceptor, surveillance mode was developed to warn law enforcement officers of unexpected approaches from behind the vehicle.

Available on the Ford Police Interceptor beginning with 2014 vehicles, the system was co-developed by Ford and InterMotive, an Auburn, California, known for providing vehicle control systems for various applications, including law enforcement.

The system uses the existing rearview camera and radar to detect a person approaching the vehicle from behind and then automatically sounds a chime, rolls up the driver’s side window, lock all doors, and flashes exterior lighting.

While officers write reports, monitor their in-car computer or radar, and perform other tasks sitting in their vehicles, surveillance mode gives them an extra set of eyes to help protect against threats. When the system is activated by the officer, it provides added situational awareness and a first line of defense from potential assailants.

“We want to assist with and improve the security of all police officers – whether they are using a Ford Police Interceptor or a competitive vehicle,” said Randy Freiburger, Ford police and ambulance special vehicle engineering supervisor. “Combining existing Ford technologies with the development of a new control module and software has created an innovative system that improves security for police officers while they are in their vehicles.”

Greg Schafer, president of InterMotive, added, “Working with Ford on this project has been especially gratifying because of the increase in officer security surveillance mode provides – officers immediately understand just how much this product can help them in the field.”

Source: Ford Motor Co.