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The police car of the future

By April 30, 2019News

One of Australia’s most dangerous workplaces has become just a little bit safer thanks to ground-breaking development from Fujitsu and Kia Motors Australia.

Police, emergency services, security services and couriers will all potentially benefit from the work done by Fujitsu in developing a prototype of an artificial intelligence-enabled digital police car of the future.

In collaboration with an ecosystem of partners, working closely with KIA Motors Australia, Fujitsu has demonstrated that it can remove surplus equipment, software, hardware, and cabling from police highway patrol vehicles by integrating the required information systems and response controls into KIA’s existing integrated systems and entertainment display.

Fujitsu created a software-based platform that links disparate technologies, reducing the cost of installation and de-installation, while providing a cleaner and safer cabin for law enforcement officers and others who work from their car.

Together, Fujitsu and KIA used the manufacturer’s standard Stinger model to develop a turnkey solution. The car’s existing Infotainment screen, which is shared across the Kia range, is programmed to present information and execute emergency response controls.

“To build each highway patrol police car requires multiple tenders from numerous individual suppliers for each piece of equipment, from the car itself to Mobile Data Terminal (MDT), number plate recognition technology, In-Car-Video (ICV) and radar,” Ian Hamer, Principal Architect, Fujitsu Australia, said.

“Fujitsu’s enhanced vehicle ecosystem integrates individual components, simplifying the installation and removal of vehicle equipment and bringing greater agility and efficiency to the police force.”

Chris Forbes, National Fleet Manager, KIA Motors Australia, said, “KIA already supplies the standard Stinger model to the Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australian and Tasmanian police forces for use as highway patrol vehicles.

“We identified the amount of systems redundancy within the current vehicle fit-out and were excited to work with Fujitsu to push for a higher degree of integration of law enforcement systems within the Stinger. By reducing the amount of physical technology within the car, the vehicle can be modified or serviced by any KIA dealer in Australia, reducing the time previously spent servicing vehicles at specialised facilities.”

The Stinger’s core performance and safety characteristics have played a key part in the decision by state police forces to integrate the vehicle into their road policing divisions. The Stinger, in standard form, is capable of 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a five-star ANCAP safety rating backed by a seven year warranty.

“The development of this ground-breaking technology and its potential for integration into a wide range of Kia product highlights the outside-the-box thinking that Kia has always embraced,” KMAu Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said.

“KMAu was the first country in the world to supply the Stinger for police work, and now to be a part of this development is both exciting and satisfying.”

As well as the technology benefits, there are other cost-saving opportunities such as less weight of copper cabling throughout the car reducing power draw on the vehicle, resulting in greater fuel efficiency.

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