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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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RE: It's funny
By SuckRaven on 2/3/2014 10:56:17 AM , Rating: 2
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.

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