We've sat in parking lots, bored, and switched on the backup-camera feed to watch who's behind us. Now Ford has brought this idea to its logical and safety-oriented conclusion for its Police Interceptor models: If someone walks too close to the rear, the parking sensors beep, the doors lock, and the windows close.
Ford calls this trick "Surveillance Mode" and bills it as "a first line of defense from potential assailants"; the automaker and its partner are now willing to license it to other manufacturers of police sleds. Certain non-cop vehicles from manufacturers such as Tesla and Land Rover do allow the driver to enable the backup camera at any time, even at highway speeds. And cars with front and side cameras—which Ford doesn't offer on its can display a 360-degree view, which this system can't.
But as the officer in the below video attests, many policemen and -women have their heads down doing paperwork or using their laptop while idling, and this system does give them a heads-up to get their heads up when someone gets too close. And given the Taurus's mail-slot rear window, her point that it provides a wider field of view—particularly of a person's hands—is well taken.
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