Chinese researchers invent new police car that can scan criminals' faces

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When you’re a cop in a country of 1.3 billion people, playing hide-and-seek with suspected criminals can be a daunting task.

Researchers at a Chinese university say they have the solution: drive-and-seek.

A team at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China’s Police Equipment Joint Research Lab have developed a high-tech vehicle for police equipped with a facial-recognition system that can pick criminal suspects out of a crowd, state media reported this week.

The SUV, unveiled in the southwestern city of Chengdu on Wednesday, is mounted with a 360-degree rooftop camera array that automatically scans faces within a 60-metre radius, according to the state-run Sichuan Daily (in Chinese).

The system determines the gender, age and race of each face, compares it against faces stored in the police database, and alerts the driver if a match is made – all while travelling at speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour (75mph) – according the reports.

“As long as you get at least three-quarters of the face, you can make an ID,” Yin Guangqiang, director of the Police Equipment Joint Research Lab, told the newspaper. He added that the system can also recognise license plate numbers and car types, and can be set to scan for just “one type of person.”

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