Kia Motors Australia and Fujitsu have teamed up to develop a safer vehicle which could potentially be rolled out to police, emergency services, security services, couriers and the likes.
Fujitsu has developed a prototype of an artificial intelligence-enabled digital police car. All unnecessary equipment, software, hardware and cabling have been removed. All information systems and response controls that are needed have been integrated into Kia’s existing systems and entertainment display.
A software-based platform was created by Fujitsu which is able to link disparate technologies which reduce the costs associated with installation and de-installation and provides a clutter-free cabin to work in.
Fujitsu and Kia used a standard Stinger model to develop a solution which utilizes the existing infotainment screen making the prototype easy to deploy in various fields.
Benefits also include the elimination of extra fitted equipment which nullifies the impact on airbag deployment and control obstruction, increased comfort due to more available space as well as the potential benefits of increased safety due to the integration of the systems which reduces the number of devices that need to be operated independently.
Another advantage is the performance and economy of the vehicle are not affected by the added weight of copper wiring traditionally needed when fitting out a vehicle for operational duties.
In addition to this, Fujitsu has also developed the ‘Palm Secure’ system which uses biometrics embedded in the gearstick removing the need to login to up to seven systems to operate various functions. Emergency lights and sirens buttons are also located on the gearstick control removing the need for the driver to remove their eyes from the road and operate a complex control pad.
Radar will also be integrated into the car’s head-up display removing the need for a bulky control box and Doppler tone which is currently employed in police vehicles.
In a throwback to something that resembles KITT from Knight Rider, there are also plans to further develop the technology for law enforcement purposes by enhancing the artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. The plan is for the vehicle to use various onboard cameras to be able to identify a target car’s manufacturer and colour. This could allow stolen cars in a busy carpark and traffic to be identified easily by the vehicle.
It is also planned that the technology will be able to detect if an offender has drawn a weapon and automatically send duress signals.
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