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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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By Flunk on 2/3/2014 11:31:58 AM , Rating: 2
This may speak to your driving habits as well, if you can't stop safely if the car in front of you on the freeway brakes hard you're following too close.

I can't see why they'd do that, just cutting the accelerator is enough to stop the car more than fast enough.

By dgingerich on 2/3/2014 11:39:19 AM , Rating: 3
That's how the Onstar system works on car thefts: it cuts the engine to idle and disconnects the transmission from the engine, leaving the power brakes and power steering usable and allows the car to coast safely to a stop. The car thief can hit the gas all they want, the engine won't rev and the wheels will just coast, but it is still stoppable and steerable. It also turns on the hazard blinkers to show the police it has been triggered. Those engineers thought ahead.

By Wazza1234 on 2/3/2014 12:13:03 PM , Rating: 2
if you can't stop safely if the car in front of you on the freeway brakes hard you're following too close.

Actually he would be speaking about the driving habits of others , many of whom do drive far too close to the car in front.

Like retro says - the system wont slam on the brake. However, if you're in the fast lane on a busy motorway and your accelerator gives up - you're in trouble. If you can't switch lanes due to busy traffic, you'll end up coming to a stop in the fast lane . This clearly is extremely dangerous, will cause massive tail-backs and could cause a whole series of collisions.

By Rukkian on 2/3/2014 1:44:14 PM , Rating: 2
I am guessing this would only be used when the car is already being followed, so most of the traffic should be away (thanks to all of the pretty blue/red lights).

I am sure there will be large black market of people willing to disable this feature, or at least the means to do it.

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