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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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Oct 2009 @ 5:30am

    So nobody else thinks that the biggest problem here is that a company that is a fairly recent recipient of substantial government largess having the ability to remotely disable vehicles maybe isn't a good thing? If they disable your car and it's not during a high speed chase, is it evident/does it leave a trace?

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