Driver assistance and crash avoidance technology are being used by police departments and sheriff’s offices.

In 2013, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida formed a partnership with Mobileye, an Intel firm and a prominent producer of software that enables advanced driver assistance systems.

“We were seeking for a means to help deputies focus on driving by notifying them when they might not be paying 100 percent attention to the roadway,” says Carrie Horstman, Polk County Sheriff’s Office public relations officer. It is now used on around 800 automobiles.

According to the business, the Mobileye technology “analyzes the risk of forward collision, lane departure, headway/following time, excessive speed, and pedestrian hazards.” “When a threat is recognized, the system sends out visual and audio alarms in real time, allowing the officer time to prevent a collision or, at the absolute least, lessen its severity.” These few seconds can make or break your officers’ safety while they are in their vehicles.”

According to Horstman, the sheriff’s office appreciates “how the device acts as a driving coach, constantly monitoring the vehicle position relative to other obstacles, vehicles, pedestrians, speed, and all lanes of travel, as well as how close they are behind another vehicle and alerting them to safe distance based on speed.”

“We also lock the volume on the gadget so that it can always be heard,” she explains.

The office has seen a decrease in rear-end incidents, but Horstman adds that “trying to assess the success is practically difficult because the success is connected to crashes that didn’t happen.”

Car manufacturers are also incorporating this technology onto police cars. The 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle included an improved driver assist package.