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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    Chargone (profile), 22 Oct 2009 @ 12:26am

    my only problem is that eventually some bright spark will claim you didn't buy the car, only licensed the right to drive it in accordance with the terms and conditions displayed on a screen on the dash which you must accept every time you start the engine...

    ...

    now I'm probably giving people ideas, oh well.

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