Autonomous car technology Autonomous and connected cars of the future may be able to bring lawbreakers directly to the police. (Photo: Shutterstock)

When the term “bounty hunter” is used, most people immediately think of the popular reality television personality, who spends his time pursuing a diverse slate of fugitives across the United States. With the swift development and increasing popularity of autonomous vehicles (AV), at some point in the not-so-distant future, cars might be charged with the duty of bringing lawbreakers to the police, acting as a type of bounty hunter.

So, what if you’re leaving work one evening only to find an empty parking spot where your Tesla was parked mere hours before. You call the police and they ask you for permission to take over your car, which you give immediately. The car then receives the command to drive to the nearest police station. If the thief happens to still be in the vehicle when the police take it over, he will be locked inside the car until the police can arrest him.

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