Ford’s Robot Police Car Is No RoboCop

Before the RoboCop future arrives, a robot police car that pulls over speeding vehicles and issues tickets or warnings on its own could someday help ease a shortage of human officers at police departments across the United States. But the vision of a self-driving police vehicle described in a Ford patent also raises many questions about whether such technology is the right tool for law enforcement.

The basic Ford patent description makes clear that this self-driving police car cannot do t

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