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 @ 6:11am

    Re: Danger? What danger?

    like you replied blaming the driver from going bananas because the accelerator stopped is ridiculous. Although I would have to say the police should probably be involved to say "ok.... cut it!" when the suspect wants to accelerate. For instance right after a tight turn if the accelerator is cut right after the turn the car will have negligible momentum and the police can surround and stop the suspect quickly.

    Now that I think of it, if you are in the middle of doing a fancy ass turn or driving on slick surfaces you can lose control and crash your car if you lost your accelerator.

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