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Speedster jailed after S’pore police tap GPS and route data of car system in first case here

SINGAPORE – In the first case of its kind, police accessed the infotainment system of a woman’s car to extract data, which they then used to arrest her for speeding.

She was jailed for five days and disqualified from driving for two years.

The forensic capabilities of the new police vehicles were revealed at the Police Work Plan 2024 Seminar on May 24 at the Singapore University of Technology and Design on Upper Changi Road.

Police said they are preparing to fully implement it in 2024.

The incident involving the sprinter occurred in 2022.

The police Cybercrime Command received a request from the Traffic Police in late 2022 to extract data from their vehicle’s infotainment system, to investigate a possible speeding offence.

Officers used the tool to extract data sets, including call logs, messages and Global Positioning System data.

Police said the data confirmed the woman’s identity and she was prosecuted based on the evidence collected. She was sentenced in January 2023.

They declined to reveal further details, including the make and model of the car.

Police added that they are developing their ability to extract data from a vehicle’s on-board diagnostic (OBD) port.

A proof of concept of this was shown at the seminar, demonstrating how telemetry data can be extracted through the port to identify a car’s location, braking and acceleration patterns.

The extracted data could then be used to reconstruct a video representation of the scene to assist investigators.

In response to questions from The Straits Times, a police spokeswoman said the vehicle’s forensic capabilities will also be applied to other vehicles.

These include motorcycles, as long as the vehicle’s system can be read or analyzed or is compatible with the system that will be used by police.

She said: “SPF developed the vehicle forensic capability as there are valuable data sets stored in the vehicle, including the vehicle’s infotainment system and OBD port, which would be useful in assisting in traffic incident investigations. “.

Data extraction can take anywhere from several hours to days, depending on the make and model of the vehicle, he added.

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