The LAPD's Teched Out Cruiser

The LAPD's got a new ride, the Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The car has a 355 hp and 384 foot-pounds of torque engine. But this isn't just some Ford Crown Vic LEE with a fancy new body kit; this cruiser is packed with cutting-edge technology.

The front of the vehicle is equipped with a Forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera that can track the the heat signature of a fleeing suspect's footprints. The ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) system will automatically alert officers as stolen cars drive by.

The former on-board computer, typically a laptop wedged between the front driver and passenger seats, is gone, replaced with a system built into the car itself and controlled with a touchscreen display mounted in the dash. The new PPV will even feature cutouts in the rear seats to alleviate the discomfort of sitting with hands cuffed.

[Translogic via Popular Science]