If summer blockbuster movies are to be believed, police cars aren't much more than family sedans with a beefier engine and an overhead siren. They're usually depicted as easily outmaneuvered by wily criminals or anything resembling a Batmobile.
But the reality is that law enforcement vehicles are getting increasingly sophisticated and high-tech. Case in point is the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV), the LAPD's next-generation, which comes equipped with a 6.0 liter V8 engine that provides 355 hp and 384 foot-pounds of torque, enabling the vehicle to go from zero to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. OK, so Batmobile neutralizer it is not, but it does come with a plethora of technologically advanced improvements that help to automate much of the on-duty officer's tasks.
The Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle PPV is scheduled to roll out in 2012, but some of these features have already being used in existing police cars. So even in the meantime, criminals aren't going to catch much of a break.
Related on SmartPlanet:
More innovative smart car tech:
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com