Abu Dhabi cops get another super car

Abu Dhabi’s Police Department has revealed its latest vehicle – a $3.4m hypercar with a surveillance system Robocop would be proud of. The Lykan Hypersport has been fitted with special cameras allowing it to read number plates and even scan the faces of drivers at high speed. Created by W Motors (which relocated from Lebanon to the Emirates shortly after launching), the Lykan HyperSport is touted as the first Middle Eastern supercar, and also featured prominently in Fast & Furious 7.

It boasts a 3.7-liter twin-turbo flat-six delivering 740 horsepower, and can reach 62 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 245 mph. Now, it has been revealed as Abu Dhabi Police Department’s latest vehicle. It has also received a ‘Robocop’ upgrade with cameras made by Ekin.  ‘Lykan HyperSport, one of the world’s fastest super cars is equipped with Ekin Patrol, thus becomes the smartest car in the world and is transformed into a ‘Robocop’,’ it said. ‘ Ekin Patrol is capable of reading license plates of moving and stationery cars and monitors the speed of surrounding cars even on oncoming traffic.

Developed after two years of research by the company’s R&D team in collaboration with police forces and road safety specialists, Ekin describes its Patrol product as, ‘the first truly intelligent patrol unit in the world.’ The company says the vehicle-mounted system is a state-of-the-art and unique product, which can scan all the number plates of vehicles within its effective range through 180-degrees and match the speeds of the vehicles to their number plates.

It can also transmit vehicle GPS coordinates to a police or traffic control center, and communicate with fixed enforcement units, such as the company’s Safe Tower system, directly through the control center, while also providing ‘black list’ functions for the wanted vehicles through the police network. Ekin claims there is no other product in the world that can measure the speed of vehicles in either fixed or moving positions, and simultaneously match them with the scanned number plates.