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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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    nraddin, 22 Oct 2009 @ 10:59am

    how is it different than a stalled car?

    As long a they don't have a slame on the brakes remote feature it should never be a problem. I am pretty sure most people have had a flat, or there car stall, or whatever while driving along. 99.9999% of the time this causes no problems (Other than for those in the now non-working car) as they just pull over and it's done.

    It could cause a person problems if someone hacks it and starts disabling cars for no reason, but not really a safty issues.

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