Suicide bombings are a huge threat to peaceful societies, yet they happen often. Just last week, two suicide bombers killed nine soldiers in Egypt.
To prevent similar harrowing incidents, NATO-funded researchers have developed an electromagnetic beam device that's capable of forcing suspected suicide bombers' cars to stop, and can supposedly work against remotely detonated bombs. It is currently undergoing testing at a secret location in Norway.
Basically, the device can be mounted in the back of a car, and produces a high-powered electromagnetic pulse that scrambles the electronic onboard systems of any vehicle approaching from behind, thereby forcing that car to stop.
"It's a fairly safe and simple way of doing it," says Odd Harry Arnesen, a senior scientist with the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. "It's also non-lethal. It doesn't actually kill anyone. It doesn't harm anyone and it doesn't harm the vehicle much either."
The system doesn't only work on cars, as the unit can also halt a Jet Ski in the middle of the ocean, as well as disable an aerial drone mid-flight. Most importantly, it can interfere with the radio signals of a remote bomb.
Here is a NATO video of the device:
Although the device doesn't look remotely directional in any way, it seems to be able to hit its targets accurately. While it may not be something everyone will have installed on the back of their cars, it could be one of solution to terrorist attacks if utilized by local law enforcement and military.