A new car device called “Target Blu Eye,” developed and sold by the Dutch company Target Automotive, advertises the ability to warn drivers of nearby police officers, and cops are upset about this.
The device is marketed as a way to warn drivers of nearby emergency vehicles which have not turned on their emergency lights or sirens, signalling their proximity to the driver.
Blu Eye works by monitoring frequencies used by various emergency vehicles, including ambulances, firetrucks, and police cars, and then alerts the driver to the presence of such vehicles. According to the Free Thought Project, the monitor also works when radars and other equipment used by police even when the equipment is turned off. Even a turned off police radio on a foot-patrol is reportedly detected by the device.
Naturally, Blu Eye has already been called a crook’s best friend by many people who are opposed to the system.