We bring you a peculiar case. Of those that make you wonder why someone would be interested in inventing this kind of thing. It is an autonomous car patented by Motorola , which would be able to arrest its passengers.
The description might sound absurd. But, according to public patent records, discovered by JWZ colleagues; we find ourselves with an autonomous patrol vehicle for the police. Which can analyze the detainees in it.
It is well thought of and strange. But technically the autonomous car would work like this:
The suspect is arrested and put into the police car.
There the intelligent equipment of the vehicle is used.
A quick breathalyzer test is applied to the devices themselves.
A screen reads your rights to the detainee.
A smart assistant allows you to contact your lawyer.
You can even link a video conference with your defender
You can make online payment of fines and penalties to release the detainee.
And as appropriate, the autonomous car can only drive itself. To take the prisoner to jail, his house, the police station; or where appropriate.
In effect, this smart patrol does practically all the work of a policeman. And that may sound very attractive to the authorities.
However, it remains a mere patent. And it may be years before we see this toy in The answer is: always.