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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    Gene Cavanaugh, 22 Oct 2009 @ 10:33am

    Remote turnoff for cars

    Excellent point, Michael. I would add; according to TruTV some police departments use "bait cars" to catch car thieves, which are set up for remote turnoff of this type. While there are, or should be, serious concerns about "entrapment" in some of the scenarios, there is an even greater concern, IMO, about safety, as you said.

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