OnStar Used To Stop Carjacked Car

from the where-do-you-think-you're-going? dept

Way back in 2003, there was some discussion around the idea of having a "remote stop" feature on car telematics systems, in case a car gets stolen. There were some serious worries about how this could make things dangerous for other drivers on the road, but two years ago, OnStar enabled just such a service, and now we've heard about it being used on a carjacked car. OnStar "disabled the gas pedal," remotely, thus forcing the car to slow down, and allowing the cops to catch the carjacker (after he fell into a pool while running from the cops). While effective in helping to catch this guy, you still have to wonder about the safety of remotely stopping a car like that.

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    cykotek, 22 Oct 2009 @ 2:34am

    Danger? What danger?

    People have commented how disabling a car's accelerator could cause accidents.

    Not really. Disabling the accelerator just means the vehicle would slowly decelerate and coast to a stop, that's all. Not much difference than, say, running out of fuel. It's not like doing so would cause the vehicle to suddenly come to a screeching halt right there and then.

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