Each year, approximately 300 lives are claimed as a result of some 30,000 high speed pursuits, but those numbers could soon be reduced with the introduction of a new technology dubbed 'Stolen Vehicle Slowdown' developed by General Motors.
From the comfort of your home, your perspective escalated high above the action through the lens of a helicopter police camera, high speed pursuits can all be pretty exhilerating. But as one of the most dangerous situations on our roads, high speed police car chases should not be taken lightly.
Each year, approximately 300 lives are claimed as a result of some 30,000 high speed pursuits, but those numbers could soon be reduced with the introduction of a new technology developed by General Motors and dubbed 'Stolen Vehicle Slowdown'. The technology has been integrated into the firm's existing GPS-based stolen vehicle location system 'OnStar'.
The groundbreaking new technology works in conjunction with GM's aforementioned 'Onstar' by allowing subscribers to the new system, in this instance police enforcement, to communicate with stolen vehicles. Signals sent to the technology request that the stolen vehicle reduces its engine power, bringing the car to a gradual halt, while maintaining power and control to all other aspects of the vehicle and thus a safe end result.
“We look forward to having technologies like Stolen Vehicle Slowdown available to aid our officers in apprehending suspected car thieves and keeping our officers, highways and citizens safe,” said David Hiller, national vice president, Fraternal Order of Police.
The service is expected to be introduced into 1.7 million of GM's 2009 model year vehicles and during a promotional period will be included when a one-year subscription to GM's OnStar is taken. The additional service complements GM's present stolen vehicle location system, which currently handles over 700 requests per month.