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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    Nate (profile), 22 Oct 2009 @ 5:08am

    Hmm...

    If ONLY the accelerator is disabled then I see no problems. The driver would still have control of the vehicle via steering and brake, which I think is enough to keep the driver safe.

    I don't think the potential intersection problem would ever occur given clear communication between police and the remote shut off. Police, I hope, would have the patience to wait for a good opportunity (i.e. just after an intersection and not directly before) to stop a vehicle in this manner.

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