the door locked so the thief, or whoever, can't run off?
Like any technology, it will start off voluntarily like seatbelt use did, first as an option, the become required installation but with an opt out, then finally they will make it mandatory and penalties if you disable it. OnStar brings in the new age of turning control of your vehicle over to the police. Mark my words, in 20 years or less this will be mandatory and the police will have the "right" to use it as they choose.
Starting with about 20 models for 2009, the service will be able to slowly halt a car that is reported stolen, and the radio may even speak up and tell the thief to pull over because police are watching. OnStar already finds 700 to 800 cars per month using the global positioning system. With the new technology, which OnStar President Chet Huber said GM will apply to the rest of its lineup in future years, OnStar would call police and tell them a stolen car's whereabouts.Then, if officers see the car in motion and judge it can be stopped safely, they can tell OnStar operators, who will send the car a signal via cell phone to slow it to a halt."This technology will basically remove the control of the horsepower from the thief," Huber said...(more at article)