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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    Travis, 22 Oct 2009 @ 8:54am

    Cars exist to service people, not aid officers

    You need to look at the bigger picture here, the rights of the people. If all you ever do is look at how something can be abused, then you move towards living in a world where cops have infinite power.

    I'd rather live in a world of freedom with some abuse by criminals than live in a crime free world where cops are free to abuse the people.

    And don't think for one minute that cops don't abuse their power all the time. If cops had a kill switch on every car, they'd use it all the time, nonstop, despite what their rules or regulations say. Just look at all the innocent shootings cops have done, overuse of pepper spray. While these incidents are the exception, let's not forget America is for the people, not law enforcement.

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