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Soon, police can slowly stop your car.

by James Denison / October 8, 2007 10:18 PM PDT

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)

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Wonder if they'll be able to keep
by Dragon / October 10, 2007 5:36 AM PDT

the door locked so the thief, or whoever, can't run off?

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Could be very good; could be very bad...
by EdH / October 10, 2007 5:49 AM PDT

I guess we'll have to see how it's used. Better than tasers I hope.

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If other auto manufacturers ....
by Angeline Booher / October 10, 2007 7:44 AM PDT

...... do decide to buy the technology, it could lead to a lowering of auto insurance rates.

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Yellow light
by Dragon / October 11, 2007 10:41 AM PDT

Be funny if drivers, when seeing the light turning yellow, could no longer hit the gas so they can hopefully get through the intersection before it turns red.

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How long will it take....
by C1ay / October 10, 2007 9:20 AM PDT

Car-jacker hackers to hack the system and use it to stop the cars they want to steal? Buffer overrun could take on a new meaning...

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They didn't stop the car but
by PudgyOne / October 28, 2007 5:55 AM PDT
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Wonder how long it will take to disable that
by Diana Forum moderator / October 28, 2007 10:00 AM PDT

I remember most of the people I knew disabled car wouldn't start without the seatbelts fastened almost immediately.


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