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Take a ride on the wild side - with the German police

Sit back and get ready for possibly the quietest ride you're ever likely to take in the back of a police car. It is a totally souped-up, digitally connected police car, and it could change the way law enforcers work.

The German state of Brandenburg has come up with something of a first for German policing - that is, the first interactive radio patrol car. While it's hard to believe it's a first, that's what the men in blue say of their new wheels.

Their car uses mobile broadband technology to build a real-time video link between it and the local nick.

But, it's not just their cars that have been pimped up.

Digital technology is also changing the way German officials are dealing with traffic flow. But our reporter Zulfikar Abbany is wondering: why has it taken so long to get this far?

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