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New Porsche 911 offer deal for NSW Australian Police

PORCHE DOES DEAL WITH NSW AUSTRALIAN POLICE WITH A 911 COUPE

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Sydney police have traded in their Porsche Panamera sedan for a 911 Coupe.

Provided for free under a deal with the manufacturer, police will use the $209,100 sports car as a conversation-starter at community events and on social media.

The 911 Carrera has a 3.4-litre engine that makes 257kW of grunt – less than a V8 Holden Commodore patrol car, but enough to drive it to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds, on to a top speed of 289km/h.

NSW Police Force Superintendent Alan Sicard says the force has already received nearly 1,000,000 Facebook hits as a result of its partnership with the brand.

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“Up until now our partnership with Porsche has been with its Panamera sedan. Swapping into an eye-catching 911 Carrera will up the ante to become an even more effective means to enable social dialogue,” he says.

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NSW police’s previous Porsche Panamera.

“Although the 911 might make an ideal Police response car in some people’s eyes, the true value of the sporty Carrera in police decals is that it will draw attention and curiosity with younger folk especially which is exactly what we aim to achieve.”

Police say the car will not be used for high-speed pursuits, and taxpayers will only foot the bill for fuel and tolls used by the car.

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The thoroughbred sports car should not prove expensive to run, as its 9.0L/100km fuel figure is only a little more than that of Holden’s entry-level Commodore.

But officers driving the Porsche may need to treat it carefully, as a well-meaning officer destroyed the engine in a one-off police Ford Falcon GT in February by feeding it the wrong fuel.

NSW Police have used a variety of vehicles for community awareness duties, including a Volvo S60 Polestar sedan, Lotus Exige and supercharged HSV GTS sedan.

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While they may be fancy by local standards, Australian police specials pale in comparison to the Dubai police fleet, which is home to machines such as the Lamborghini Aventador and Bugatti Veyron.

Henry Sapiecha

HYUNDI PRODUCES CAR THAT OUTSMARTS SPEED CAMERAS

PERHAPS SPEED CAMERAS AS WE KNOW THEM COULD BE A THING OF THE PAST

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Speed camera fines could become a thing of the past if Hyundai has its way.

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The brand is set to sell a luxury sedan in Australia that is capable of outsmarting speed cameras with a combination of GPS and braking technology.

Speaking in Seoul at the launch of the Hyundai Genesis, company spokesman Guido Schenken told journalists that the car could identify speed cameras and slow down if drivers are going too fast.

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“It knows there is a speed camera there, it knows where the speed camera is and it will adopt the correct speed,” he says.

“It will beep 800 metres before a camera and show the legal speed, and it will beep at you if your speed is over that.”

The Genesis, a luxury sedan designed to be a cut price alternative to models sold by BMW and Mercedes-Benz, features a suite of high-tech driver aids that include an active cruise control system that will apply the brakes to maintain a safe distance to the car in front.

It also has automated emergency braking technology that will stop the car to prevent a collision.

By coupling those self-braking systems with camera locations loaded into the car’s navigation software, the car will warn drivers ahead of speed traps and slow down if required.

The feature works for fixed speed cameras and average speed cameras, though it will not give drivers an advantage over mobile speed cameras or the highway patrol.

Hyundai will introduce the Genesis locally in October, 2014.

It has not confirmed local pricing or specifications. Unfortunately the technology won’t be offered on the Genesis initially.

Update: An earlier version of this story said Genesis models sold locally would likely get this feature but Hyundai has since confirmed it won’t be available.

Henry Sapiecha

THIS POLICE SERVICE IS TRIALLING A SYSTEM WHERE YOUR REGO PLATE POSITION NUMBER IS TRACKED IN REAL TIME

POLICE will use GPS technology to capture the location of more than a million vehicles on Queensland roads at any one time – and will use it to charge criminals.

The geographic location of about 25,000 registration number plates are being stored by police each week under a trial that has alarmed civil libertarians.

The move is part of the broadened Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) trial, which uses global position systems and cameras fitted in police vehicles.

It means that if a motorist drives past a police car, their position is recorded. It will be stored for a year and one day. The trial will end in June 2014.

The location of about 25,000 registration number plates are being stored each week

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Transport Minister Scott Emerson said he believed most drivers would be comfortable with police using their number plates to track them and contact them if it means they can help solve a crime.

“The reality is that most people are very keen to help out where they can in terms of crimes,” Mr Emerson said.

“We are talking here about using that information to look for witnesses to crimes.

“Not many people would be concerned about them being contacted using their information to help deal with a crime when they occur.”

While police are using the information to bust unregistered vehicles, sources admit it could also be used to determine who was nearby when certain crimes were committed.

“If a request is made by a police officer for a search of the ANPR database to be conducted and the request is substantiated and approved by a commissioned officer as supporting an investigation or prosecution of a criminal offence, the recorded ANPR information can be lawfully used by the QPS,” police said in a statement to The Courier-Mail.

“The Queensland Police Service has strict accountability measures in place to govern the use of automatic numberplate recognition technology for broader law enforcement.”

Last week The Courier-Mail revealed police were tracing the everyday movements of thousands of Queenslanders by routinely accessing detailed phone records.

Even the mobile phone records of their own officers were being pulled, to determine if they had thrown sickies, had sex with police cadets at the academies or where they were if their boss was suspicious about their location on duty.

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Queensland Council for Civil Liberties president Andrew Sinclair said the trial and what could be done with the information was concerning.

Mr Sinclair said the trial involved the collection of personal information, which violated the right to privacy and the principles embodied in the Privacy Act.

He said history showed that when a data collection device was created it was not long before it was turned to other purposes.

“At least there is an act governing the telcos (when police ask for some information) but there’s nothing governing how they collect and use the number plates,” Mr Sinclair said.

“And I’ll bet it ends up getting used for all sorts of things. Whether an officer’s wife is found in a part of town she’s not expected to be, was so and so really having a sickie etc.”

Queensland’s acting Privacy Commissioner Lemm Ex said his office had been apprised of the potential use of APNRs in Queensland.

“Number plates are not in themselves personal information. They become personal information if a link can be made between the number and the owner of the registered vehicle,” Mr Ex said. “Accordingly, the significant factor is not the capture of number plates but rather their recognition – the linking with an individual.

“If that linking is conducted for a law enforcement activities, no privacy issues arise with it.

“There is no provision in the Information Privacy Act for agencies to dispose of personal information when they no longer have a use for it, and only a limited obligation to de-identify health information.”

QPS has trialled the technology previously.