Ford and ADT, the home security company, are working together on something called Canopy, it will finally let yourself monitor your car remotely, anything I’ve been told that Ring makes it home.
The concept, as shown in the video below, is pretty straightforward, if at all completely ridiculous, at least in the use case of the video.
In the video, a potential thief examines objects in the open truck of a carpenter who at a long distance is able to see the thief looking in his truck’s bed and see power equipment to potentially steal. The carpenter is then able to tap on his screen and say, “Hey, get away from my truck,” which is sent to a speaker on the truck. Some lights are also activated. Frightened, our potential thief walks away and the carpenter laughs after averting a possible theft with Canopy.
There are a few things here. First, it is possible that the potential thief is not a thief at all and simply wanted to inspect the carpenter’s equipment. In that scenario, “Hey, get off my truck,” is a little rude if the young man is also a little rude and tries to touch another man’s equipment without permission. The other thing is that if you do not want your equipment stolen, I would suggest secure it; someone please tell this carpenter about truck caps and vans.
The third thing is that a little text below the scene says that the two-way speech feature that the carpenter uses to shout at a perfect stranger will only be available after launch.
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Here’s a little more information about Canopy via Ford:
Canopy’s first accessory offering for smart vehicle safety system will make use of acoustic sensors for vans, built-in cameras, radar, LTE and GPS. The first product will have a camera that can be mounted in either the trunk of a van or on a pickup facing the bed. The platform will use AI technology to identify and report credible threats while reducing false alarms.
Customers will be connected to the system via the Canopy app to livestream video from the vehicle, be notified of suspicious activity or review past events.
The system will trigger a smartphone alert for all indicators of potential criminal activity, such as broken glass, metal cutting or suspicious movement or sound near the vehicle.
Customers can alert potential thieves that they are being monitored, by talking through the smartphone app, activated by a two-way audio feature that will be available next year.
The system’s AI is designed to distinguish genuine threats from benign acts – such as a cat jumping into a pickup bed or building noises near a vehicle – before the owner or ADT surveillance agents are alerted to potential theft.
The system will alert ADT monitoring professionals if it detects a person strolling or breaking the vehicle.
ADT monitoring agents can then contact customers, fleet managers or the police to take further measures to prevent theft. Credible threats will trigger further responses, including audible alarms and programmable voice recordings and two-way sound in future updates.
The first of its kind Canopy products will be sold through car dealers, major retailers and online.
The video also shows a thief using a laptop to unlock a car and then presumably steal it, something Canopy apparently cannot avoid, even though it may be caught on camera. Congratulations to Ford and ADT, and thanks for the laughs.