The trial of remote controlled squad cars currently running in Walsall (West Midlands, UK) is to be extended throughout the country, after it caused a reduction in burglary and theft in the local area of 50%, although there has been a sharp increase in the number of unexplained dead bodies in back alleys.
Local police chiefs are said to be delighted at the results, which also enabled cost reductions of 25%, mainly due to closing the station canteen. The drones don’t need to stop for “supplies”, can’t be bribed and can never be found asleep or “buying tomatoes” whilst on duty.
Based on the model developed in America, the drones are armed with tasers and guns and are usually controlled by officers in a remote unit, safe from the battlefield. Despite the extensive 6 hour training scheme, If the officer does get lost, an autonomous system can return the vehicle to it’s base entirely by GPS (Google Positioning System).
The system is controlled by encrypted and secure data links so the chances of anyone being able to hack into a drone car and cause havoc are said to be “very low”.
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