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Boston Unleashes Robot to Spy on Parked Cars

Boston has unleashed a high-tech Robocop to snoop on motorists, spying on parked cars to sniff out ticket scofflaws and raising warnings from privacy activists. The AutoFind License Plate Recognition system uses a special camera attached to a city vehicle to read license plates of parked cars and feeds the information into a constantly updated database to nab scofflaws - and orders their cars booted.

Mobile parking spy on patrol: Snoop prompts privacy rant. Boston Herald, May 28, 2005.