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Talking cars a thing of the present for Mahwah P.D.

The Mahwah Police Department has a new crime-fighting weapon in its arsenal that comes right out of a 1980s TV show. For the first time in Bergen County, officers can command computers in their vehicles

News 12 Staff

Nov 29, 2008, 1:56 AM

Updated 5,708 days ago

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The Mahwah Police Department has a new crime-fighting weapon in its arsenal that comes right out of a 1980s TV show.
For the first time in Bergen County, officers can command computers in their vehicles to search motor vehicle and criminal databases for feedback with the simple voice command ?records check.?
Voice commands also activate emergency lights, sirens, the radar gun, a video camera and can change radio frequencies. Microsoft Mary, whose computer-generated voice comes through a 12-inch screen in the car, delivers results instantly.
"There's a lot going on in the car,? Officer William Hunt, a 10-year veteran of the Mahwah Police Department says. ?Not having to look down and take your eyes off the road is a big advantage.?
The cruiser was developed by engineers at the University of New Hampshire, who began working on "Project54" with the goal of integrating all of the electronic devices in police cars.
The system will also be installed in several of the Mahwah Fire Department?s emergency vehicles.


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