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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 dgingerich on 2/3/2014 11:35:24 AM , Rating: 3
You're not seeing the lazy official use of such things:

Bank robbery takes place, police trigger this in every car in a 20 block radius to slow down the robbers. Hundreds of innocent bystanders are trapped in the process.

Police leave a nice car in an area known for car thefts, unlocked, then use this to lock down and stop the car when people take the bait. (Yes, this is in use now, and smacks of entrapment to me. Lazy police work, to be sure.)

By Flunk on 2/6/2014 12:02:05 PM , Rating: 2
Just leaving a car sitting around to see if it gets stolen doesn't qualify as entrapment unless the police contract people to steal it.

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