The eThekwini municipality has unveiled its new high-tech police cars ahead of the 2019 festive season.
Speaking to BusinessTech, eThekwini acting head of Communications Mandla Nsele, said that the cars are fitted with a range of technologies which will help target criminals.
“The vehicles will be fitted with automatic number plate recognition which can analyse vehicle and owner data,” he said.
“They will also be fitted with dashboard cameras. In total, eight Metro Police vehicles will have this technology installed. The cameras will conduct stolen vehicle checks and look for warrants of arrest and unpaid fines.
“Once due processes are complete, the equipment will be installed in the vehicles with the aim of being operational before the festive season starts.”
Nsele said that the vehicles will be used as part of the inner city safety and security plan to rejuvenate the inner city to get rid of crime and grime.
He added that three vehicles will be fitted with the technology as part of the pilot project.
Speaking to BusinessTech metro police spokesperson, senior superintendent Parboo Sewpersad, said that this dashboard feed is continuous and downloads to a cloud storage site.
He added that the car has its own WiFi system which makes this connectivity possible.
The cars equipped with this technology shown at Govtech were Volkswagen Golf 7s, however, Sewpersad said that a number of makes and models will have this technology introduced so that they are not recognisable to criminals.
Sewpersad said that the first of these police vehicles will be in use by the start of the 2019 holiday season.