Robots looking for stolen cars

A Wired report Grand Theft Auto Meets Robocop describes an Italian developed automatic license plate reader that police can use to identify stolen vehicles.

Looking like a foot-long, aluminum teardrop bolted to a patrol car’s light bar, the Mobile Plate Hunter contains two infrared cameras that can read between 500 and 800 plates an hour, the manufacturer said.

So, if you see one of these on a cop’s cruiser in your neighborhood, you know license plates are being checked against a database of stolen cars. While the robot is checking license plates, the cop inside the patrol car can be paying attention to driving and other duties.

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