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Old 05-30-2017, 01:08 PM   #1
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What are these devices on the back of this car?

An array of 4 on a civilian car, they're definitely for imaging but what?


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Old 05-30-2017, 01:09 PM   #2
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Scanning plates I believe.

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Are you sure that is a civilian car? Dodge Chargers are pretty standard cop cars....
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Old 05-30-2017, 01:19 PM   #4
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That was my thought, too, but on a civilian car? And the ones at the very rear are pointed sideways. Why would you be trying to read plates like that?
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Are you sure that is a civilian car? Dodge Chargers are pretty standard cop cars....
Either it was a civilian car or a cop car with a very unprofessional plain clothes officer inside. Plus all I could see was a GPS inside, it was lacking much else in terms of the standard police hardware.
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It could be the manufacturing company testing the plate scanning devices in various orientations.

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Yup... looks like tag readers. That ain't no civilian car.

See below for another example:

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Well if the driver was a cop she was lacking in both dress and posture
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Very interesting. By the way in CA one way to spot a cop car (or gov car) is that they don't have DMV tags. I hate a-holes in decommissioned crown vics or other "official" looking cars.

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The orientation of the scanners is interesting in the OP image, versus the cop car in #7. The latter seems to capture more range (backwards, side, etc.) whereas the OP image looks to be pointed more towards the side only with no rear view. Weird...
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That was my thought, too, but on a civilian car? And the ones at the very rear are pointed sideways. Why would you be trying to read plates like that?
Either it was a civilian car or a cop car with a very unprofessional plain clothes officer inside. Plus all I could see was a GPS inside, it was lacking much else in terms of the standard police hardware.
Driving through parking lots etc to identify repo vehicles us one civilian application of them I've heard about.

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Driving through parking lots etc to identify repo vehicles us one civilian application of them I've heard about.

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That would explain the sideways orientation driving down a parking lane...
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That would explain the sideways orientation driving down a parking lane...
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Tag readers, for both parallel and diagonal parking situations. Probably not a city or county vehicle, but absolutely a subcontractor working for them. Betcha a donut.

They'll drive down a street or a mall parking lot, harvest all the plate numbers they can, and report as to expired, BOLO, outstanding violations or monies owed, or whatever the contract calls for. Any hit is instantly reported to whatever agency is seeking the information.


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FWIW, a plate reader car doesn't have to be driven by a cop. They will a lot of times just have a civilian drive around and tag cars for the real police to come around ticket.
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I've seen these used in a large retail parking garage where you pay at a kiosk just before walking into the mall. You put in your license plate # and the amount of time you want to park for. So, the system knows your plate, knows when you arrived and how much time you paid for.

The parking attendant drives up and down the aisles scanning plates. I have to imagine they are timestamped and compared against the information you gave the payment kiosk.
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Well if the driver was a cop she was lacking in both dress and posture
yup then it was definitely a cop.
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Definitely not a cop car. Like someone said probably a car with a civilian driver reading tags on cars. Muliptle uses for the LPR system.

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ALPR - automatic license plate recognition system. Scans license plates and advised the LEO if the cars registered owner has any warrants.
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