‘Giraffe car’ set to hit the streets
French Robocop police car can extend its cab 3.5m up in the air to give literal Big Brother viewpoint
LOOKING like a Dalek with an inferiority complex, this ‘giraffe car’ has been tested out by police in a Paris suburb – and could soon be used across the country for crowd control, car park surveillance, security control and even street marketing.
The Robocop Viséo has a hydraulic single-seat driver's cab which can be elevated (even while moving at 15 km per hour) to a height of 3.5 metres, giving the driver and passenger a clear view – from 10ft up and 210 degrees around the U-shaped windscreen.
Made by independent company Iris in Ligny-en-Cambrésis (Nord - 59) the electric car has been tested by the police municipal in Evry (Essonne) since March to see how effective the Robocop was as a literal version of Big Brother.
Each car does 127hp and has a range of 80km at 25kph. Results were convincing enough for Iris to start production of the car and it will go on sale this autumn, priced at €45,000.
Please send us a photo at news[at]connexionfrance.com if you see it in use.The company says that it has sold several Viséos already after winning the Prix de l'Industrie Automobile in April and hopes to sell 1,000 a year.
Hi-tech Viséo police or security car will go on sale later this year pic.twitter.com/KKk3UVZ6Ba— Ken Seaton (@apriliaken) June 12, 2015