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 @ 11:33am

    I was put in a very bad situation the first time my engine cut out because the yellow line had been reached (standard transmission) rather than falling off as valve float would have. It didn't just refuse to turn faster--it stopped! The sudden loss of power was nearly deadly because I was accelerating out of a potential collision and braking out of it was not an option.

    I would assume that the police were using some judgement while watching the car they requested this for and could pick a good time and it would be safer than a high speed chase.

    @ervserver That is the best idea yet. Or maybe full volume Enya.

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