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No word on how the system would be integrated into vehicles

GM has steadily improved its Onstar telematics system since its original introduction way back in 1996.  In its most recent iterations, OnStar can be called upon to disable/stop a stolen vehicle at the request of the owner or police.
 
Documents have now turned up that show police in Europe have plans for a similar, but universal system that would allow them to remotely stop cars. The system would allow cars involved in high-speed chases to be stopped remotely without resorting to tire spikes or other destructive methods.
 
The European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services is researching the system, which could be rolled out by 2020.

 
"Cars on the run can be dangerous for citizens," the report stated. "Criminal offenders will take risks to escape after a crime. In most cases the police are unable to chase the criminal due to a lack of efficient means to stop the vehicle safely."
 
Other facets of the program include the development of better tech for automatic license plate recognition and better ways to share intelligence between agencies.
 
The plans for the remote stopping system has been approved by the EU Standing Committee on Operational Cooperation on Internal Security

Source: AutoCar



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It's funny
By flyingpants1 on 2/3/2014 10:26:12 AM , Rating: -1
I can already hear all the luddites complaining about safety features like this that have the potential to save lives. The police already have the power to pull you over, how on earth is this any different?




RE: It's funny
By ritualm on 2/3/2014 10:53:56 AM , Rating: 3
You're giving the ruling authorities one big easy button for instant nationwide suppression of dissent, and they have way too many of these buttons already.

"Why hide if you have done nothing wrong?"

Exactly why we need to hide. You can agree with the government on everything it does, and the government still sends you to jail and die as soon as it has no more use out of your pathetic shell of human flesh.


RE: It's funny
By SuckRaven on 2/3/2014 10:56:17 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I can already hear all the luddites complaining about safety features like this that have the potential to save lives. The police already have the power to pull you over, how on earth is this any different?


It's different because this approach removes the element of choice from the driver. This, sadly, is a trend occurring not just in the automotive industry. Just turn on any news outlet. Governments all around the world are deeming their citizens too dangerous and stupid to be able to make decisions on their own.

Remove choice from the person, and it becomes easier to catch people who might decide to run.

I call B.S. on this and hope it doesn't go this way, but recent trends would seem to suggest otherwise.


RE: It's funny
By Reclaimer77 on 2/3/2014 11:05:57 AM , Rating: 4
Luddites? You must be insane. This is a horrible idea that expands the police state beyond all measure.

quote:
The police already have the power to pull you over, how on earth is this any different?


If that is as far as your mental process goes, you have no business calling others names.

Every day a story hits the news of a cop abusing his position and violating the rights of citizens. The potential for abuse here is alarming.

Also this technology could be used to allow ANYONE to pull you over and car jack you, rape you, what have you.

Maybe you are comfortable with the idea of your vehicle being able to be remote driven and controlled by the Government, but I sure as hell don't.


RE: It's funny
By Gondor on 2/3/2014 11:08:44 AM , Rating: 2
It is different in the exact same way as paying with cash is different compared to payment with a credit card and the store keeping transaction records on file "just in case" (only to get hacked months later when you all but forgot your purchase).

Current cars cannot be manipulated remotely, hence there is no way for anybody to misuse them. Once this becomes possible, rest assured that misuse will happen.


RE: It's funny
By Flunk on 2/3/2014 11:35:32 AM , Rating: 2
Not true at all, all recent GM cars ship with OnStar. OnStar can both remote unlock and shutdown all the cars in their system and even if you're not paying for the service they're still connected. The only way to stop it is to disconnect or remove the antenna. I'm sure this is also true of some other brands but GM is the one I know about.


RE: It's funny
By dgingerich on 2/3/14, Rating: 0
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