Prowler

The Concept

The Prowler is a badass trike designed for real life superheroes. It would be able to record and share vital information, alert police officers of crimes in progress, and even transport crime victims to safe zones.

Each Prowler would become an important node of a citywide wireless mesh network (WMN), giving the Prowler the resources of a patrol car with twice the accessibility.  The small and nimble hybrid trike would also feature an advanced drive-by-wire system along with an autopilot function.

The Background 

The need for police agents to respond quickly and efficiently is growing rapidly.  People are brutalized, raped, and even murdered in streets around the world on a weekly basis. In some countries, groups of young men roam neighborhoods with impunity, able to slip away from police forces that are ill equipped for a quick response, even in life or death situations.

The Prowler is designed to answer that need. The idea would be to create a network of Prowler riders that could patrol and assist police officers in the prevention of crimes and offer general public assistance.

How It Works

The Prowler is a three-wheeled roadster motorcycle, with a single rear tire and two steering tires set outside the frame, similar to the Can-Am Spyder F3.  The Prowler would be powered by a two-stroke engine burning hydrogen instead of gasoline.

The most interesting feature of the Prowler would be its wireless mesh network (WMN).  This digital web would create a private communication network independent from the commercial channels.  Prowlers would be linked to a mesh cloud where information would be relayed from one vehicle to the next and stored in the collective system.  Prowler operators could also interface their motorcycle with their connected smart helmet and home computers to increase the power and storage capacity of the Prowler Network.

Each vehicle would be equipped with small cameras, a precise GPS chip accurate to within three feet, and a basic security system that can recognize voice or fingerprint to active the unit.  When a public crime is being perpetrated, bystanders could signal and share information with other Prowler operators via the mesh network.

Prowler drivers in the area would respond by recording the facts and deter the perpetrators by show of numbers until the suspect(s) surrendered or fled the scene. The police would also be notified in real time via the onboard communications system, thus creating a powerful team between law enforcement and the Prowler Network.

The goal of these ‘Knight Riders’ would not be to dispense justice or to interfere with police business, but to take an assertive role in the protection and assistance of citizens in need, stepping out of the role of the passive bystander. The impact of trained citizens taking an active role in the protection of the oppressed would be immeasurable and far-reaching, both politically and in social media.

Any citizen who buys a Prowler would follow a training course and become part of the network.  All reports would be created automatically (date & hour of the act, location, name of witness, videos, pictures, audio, and any statements from witnesses or Prowler operators).  The authorities would have the support they needed to respond to complaints thoroughly and to ensure offenders are prosecuted.

What It’s Used For

The Prowler is primary meant to deter individuals from committing atrocities against other people. The network is a statement that society will no longer tolerate violence against its men & women. Unfortunately, crimes happen every day, and the presence of an active network of courageous riders who do care could make a big difference.  The Prowler network could also extend to everyone interested in joining (even if they don’t ride) by taking part of the Prowler Wireless Mesh Network.

The Designer

I would like to thank Abhishek Roy, who created the images for the Prowler concept. Abhishek is the owner of Lunatic Koncepts, a design business installed in India. Abhishek’s team also created the VR-controlled Antro and the Subrocket racing car.

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