By Neil Halligan
New Lykan Hypersport vehicle is capable of recognising drivers' faces during high speed chases
Abu Dhabi Police’s new $3.4 million ‘robocop car' has cameras that can recognise drivers’ faces during high speed chases.
Ekin Technology has fitted out the new Lykan Hypersport vehicle with the latest ‘Robocop-style’ hi-tech surveillance system that has transformed the world’s third most expensive vehicle into one of the smartest.
As well as being able to continuously read licence plates within its effective range through 180-degrees, the technology allows it to detect the vehicle speeds and recognise faces, all while driving at high speed.
The vehicle can also transmit its GPS coordinates to a police or traffic control centre, and communicate with fixed enforcement units, such as the Ekin’s Safe Tower system, while also providing ‘black list’ functions for the wanted vehicles through the police network.
Ekin’s founder and chairman, Akif Ekin, said, “The possibilities of smart traffic and transport systems and solutions are endless and the UAE, as one of the countries which see these possibilities, has already begun working hard on its strategies to enhance traffic systems, by improving the flow, safety, operations and maintenance of surface transportation.
“We are currently implementing the Smart Traffic Centre Project, which integrates all the sub systems of Abu Dhabi, and is part of this vision. It is a first of its kind project.”
W Motors delivered the special edition vehicle to Abu Dhabi Police last month for testing purposes. With a top speed of 240 mph (400kph), the vehicle can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds using its twin turbo, flat-six, 3.8 litre Porsche engine with 770 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque.