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March 04, 2011
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Gadget expected to cut Iowa police gas use

IdleRight monitors battery status and starts vehicle when level dips too low

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - A modern police squad car has a whole laundry list of on-board electronic devices.

Camera, computer, printer, radar and radio, sirens and lights, flashlight chargers and even weapons locks all run on electricity.

With all those tools dependent on the car battery, officers frequently leave their cars running almost nonstop during a shift for fear of draining their batteries.

Now Cedar Falls police cars will be equipped with yet another gadget. This one would start and stop the engine as needed to keep the battery running.

Havis, the Warminster, Pa., company that makes IdleRight, claims the product monitors the battery status and starts the vehicle when the level dips too low.

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