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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    Haywood, 22 Oct 2009 @ 5:08am

    I would never purchase an Onstar equipped vehicle

    I wonder how many others feel the same & how much that had to do with G.M.s demise.
    I'm sure some folks just love it, I'm not a technophobe, I just don't like anyone having a live microphone in my car, let alone having remote control over it. The black box which can be accessed by a third party is another thing I'd never knowingly buy a car containing.
    It would be neat that they could help recover the car if it was stolen, but the chances of that are more remote than the abuse of the system.

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