The Miami Beach Police Department's plan to patrol South Beach during this Memorial Day Weekend is a lot like last year's, but this time they'll have a new tech addition: a cutting-edge light tactical all-terrain vehicle. The $140,000 LTV is on loan to the department this weekend.
According to CBS4, the LTV uses infrared technology to detect people's heat signatures from more than 3/4th of a mile away. Even at the dead of night, they'll be able to detect if people are on the sands. Which means unlike a regular ATV, it's unlikely police will run over anybody with this one -- and we all know that's been a bit of a problem in the past for the department.
"This is the only one of its kind," an officer told the station. "There's no other vehicle like this on the market at this time."
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The vehicle's surveillance streams can also be transmitted to a tech truck that will serve as the surveillance HQ for police during the weekend.
These kind of vehicles were originally designed for use by the military and countries looking to patrol their borders, but we guess they'll do for big party weekends too.