GM's OnStar Used to End High Speed Chase

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News Posted: Wed, Oct 21 2009 9:26 PM
OnStar, the General Motors service that most people equate with getting into a car you have been locked out of, has been used to end a high speed pursuit. OnStar only began offering remote disabling in this manner earlier this year.

Jose Ruiz's 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe was carjacked at gunpoint, but OnStar was used to both find the vehicle, and then disable the car's gas pedal. This was the first time the new disabling feature has been used to end a high-speed chase.

As the vehicle ground to a halt, the carjacker fled. However, he fell into a pool in a backyard while trying to escape and was captured. The 21-year-old suspect was jailed and faces preliminary charges of robbery, carjacking, possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

Frequently, high-speed chases end badly, with a collision. Sometimes innocent people are hurt, as well as the criminal, or even police. Ending a chase in this manner is a far better option.

Of course, OnStar is only offered on GM vehicles, and not all of them have this new feature. Additionally, only the first year of OnStar is free; after that, owners must pay for the OnStar service.
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3vi1 replied on Wed, Oct 21 2009 10:23 PM

If this type of tech were to get installed in enough cars, I wonder if it might make carjacking a thing of the past.

Or, carjackers might just start shooting everyone in the face so that you can't call OnStar five minutes after they grab your car. :\

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gibbersome replied on Wed, Oct 21 2009 11:45 PM

Wait, would this mean that I wouldn't be able to participate in a speed chase myself?

What if someone hacks into their system and decides to play around with highway traffic? Big brother is watching you.

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ClemSnide replied on Wed, Oct 21 2009 11:53 PM

I personally prefer this method of foiling carjackers.


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3vi1 replied on Thu, Oct 22 2009 7:19 AM

Lol! I WANT IT!

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realneil replied on Thu, Oct 22 2009 8:21 AM

Yow! You could throw corn at them and snack while they cook!

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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