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Axon launches new in-car video system with automatic license plate recognition

Axon’s AI-powered ALPR delivers up to 8x or more the plate reads for the same price as traditional systems, according to the company

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An officer sits in a patrol car mounted with an Axon Fleet 3 in-car video system.


By Suzie Ziegler

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — On Wednesday, public safety technologies manufacturer Axon announced that its new generation of in-car video systems is now shipping to customers.

The Fleet 3 in-car video system features Axon’s AI-powered automatic license plate recognition service along with real-time situational awareness through Axon Respond for Devices, according to the release. The integration with Axon Respond brings live video streaming, alerts, and location updates enabled by 5G connectivity, thereby providing real-time visibility and location mapping of vehicles in the field.

“This breakthrough technology is a game changer for in-car cameras,” said Blake Bullock, Director of Axon Fleet, in a statement. “We’ve substantially elevated the simple in-car dash camera to one that can automatically and simultaneously scan plates across multiple lanes of traffic at closing speeds up to 140 mph. We’ve designed the system to be disruptively affordable to allow for ALPR deployment across an agency’s entire fleet of police vehicles instead of just in a small number of designated vehicles.”

According to the release, the company consulted Axon’s AI Ethics Board report on ALPR to balance effectiveness with privacy and accountability.

“We are proud of the connected capabilities of the Fleet 3 in-car video solution,” said Axon CEO and founder Rick Smith in a statement. “With seamless connection and integration into our real-time situational awareness platform, Respond for Devices, agencies will have better visibility into what’s happening in the field.”

Axon partnered with Flock Safety, Cradlepoint, and Airgain as part of the Fleet 3 project, according to the company.