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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    technomage (profile), 22 Oct 2009 @ 2:59am

    Re: Danger? What danger?

    Except for the panicked carjacker who then realizes that the accelerator isn't work, is going to puposely slam on the brakes in teh middle of an intersection to create enough confusion to get away...

    They are running from the law for a reason (guilty or not guilty as the courts will decide), they are not going to let a loss of acceleration keep them from getting away. If they do, then they deserve to be caught.

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