Police Car Can Scan Criminals’ Faces

A team at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China’s Police Equipment Joint Research Lab have developed a high-tech vehicle for police equipped with a facial-recognition system that can pick criminal suspects out of a crowd.

The SUV, unveiled in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Wednesday, is mounted with a 360-degree rooftop camera array that automatically scans faces within a 60-meter radius, according to the Sichuan Daily.

The system determines the gender, age and race of each face, compares it against faces stored in the police database, and alerts the driver if a match is made — all while traveling at speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour (75mph) — according the reports.

“As long as you get at least three-quarters of the face, you can make an ID,” said Yin Guangqiang, director of the Police Equipment Joint Research Lab. He added that the system can also recognize license plate numbers and car types, and can be set to scan for just “one type of person.”

In addition to face-scanning abilities, the vehicle also has censors in the trunk that will alert officers if any of its 39 pieces of police equipment have gone missing, according to the Wall Street Journal.

China is not the only country hoping to put a mobile face-scanning police unit on the road in the near future, the Journal said. Turkey’s ekin Technology announced in November that it had signed a deal with the Abu Dhabi Police Department to provide it with 250 of its ekin Patrol cars, which the company said are also able to read faces at high speeds.

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