Singapore Police Force seeks gizmo-packed patrol car

Car for next decade should project 'advanced, futuristic and formidable police force'

The Singapore Police Force wants to develop a high-tech, fast- response patrol car equipped to help officers spot wanted vehicles and even track down a motorist who speeds away.

According to tender documents, the car to be used over the next decade should project "an advanced, futuristic and formidable police force".

Based on requirements listed, future patrol cars could boast an array of new technology.

Each car is likely to have GPS navigation and an in-vehicle video system that allows recording in four directions.

Among the more unusual features the police are keen to add is an automated number plate recognition system.

This will allow officers on patrol to screen the licence plates of moving or stationary vehicles to identify any that may have been stolen or are being driven by criminals.

Such systems are already in use in California and Texas in the United States.

Another new feature may be a locator tracker that will enable officers to track a wanted vehicle, even if the driver speeds off.

The requirements also include shatter-resistant windscreens that can withstand repeated, forceful impact from blunt objects and exterior mounted lights for operations in dimly lit areas.

Other requirements requested by police include a night vision thermal imager and a mobile infrared transmitter to control traffic lights.

Police displayed a prototype of a next-generation fast response car last year at its workplan seminar. It featured rear seats made out of plastic similar to those found in MRT trains to prevent suspects from concealing weapons or discarding evidence in the upholstery.

The future patrol car should be a vehicle with an engine capacity of two to three litres, according to documents.

The request for information exercise closes on Oct 4.