OnStar To Warn, Then Stop, Stolen Cars

from the wait-until-someone-hacks-the-system dept

GM continues to expand the features of its popular OnStar system with a new service that's been talked about for years, that would allow the company to automatically stop a stolen car remotely. The last time we spoke about such a concept, it was four years ago -- and there were a lot of people worried about the idea. However, that may have been because it was the police asking for the right to stop cars remotely, rather than an individual using a private service (and they were also interested in using it to control speeders). In this case, the service would first alert the car thief that it's known they're driving a stolen car (and potentially that the police are on their way), and that OnStar is about to stop the automobile. It would then slowly halt the car -- though the driver could stop the car themselves at any time. The police apparently are excited about the possibility of this ending some high speed chases (and certainly making it easier to retrieve the car), but you have to wonder what happens if the service is hacked or malfunctioned.

Filed Under: stolen cars, tracking
Companies: gm, lojack, onstar


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  1. identicon
    Overcast, 10 Oct 2007 @ 12:29pm

    "I'm sorry sir, you have an unpaid parking ticket for $20.00, I realize it's only been overdue one day, but you still won't be able to get into your car, even for just your wallet - until you pay the ticket"

    or perhaps:

    "I'm sorry there seems to be a mix-up sir, but you are not allowed to drive, even if you claim you have paid your auto-insurance, as the insurance company hasn't confirmed your payment this month. One second, I'll double check..... .. . Sorry this is taking so long, we are having computer trouble"

    Or Maybe:

    "I'm sorry Maam, our records show your credit card was just used at a bar to buy 3 beers. Even if you claim you were only buying for a friend and not drinking yourself, your car will remain locked until Police get there to verify you are not intoxicated, and yes, I'm sorry - but a rule is a rule, even if it is 5 degrees below zero out"

    Maybe even:

    "Sir, our records show you are 50 pounds overweight. Your Doctor says you need to loose weight as you have been this way for two years. With new laws regarding physical fitness in the national health care system, you will have to walk to work and the store today"

    Yeah, sounds wonderful - the more I think about it, the more I worry they will in fact, try this crap. Heck, think I'll just buy older cars, lol

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