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Google Abandons Phone Project, Concentrates On Maximizing Police Compliance With Vehicle Detection Technology

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The company recently announced it will abandon its Project Ara, an innovative modular phone concept. Google first introduced this lego-like vision in 2013 as a cost savings and waste reduction measure. Although the phone never made it to market, it would have essentially allowed users to upgrade their phones by simply replacing particular parts — the camera or storage, for example — and avoid the expense of purchasing a new phone.

But hope for Google’s innovative endeavors is found in the automotive sector, according to a recent Digital Trends piece. Google’s PatentYogi team secured a new patent for technology to track police cars. The system can perceive the unique lights of nearby government vehicles. When the car recognizes a police vehicle is approaching, it will stop or pull to the side of the road.

Project Ara may have bruised Google, but the company appears to be seizing the open road.

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