EU considering ‘remote car-stopping device’ for police
It has emerged that the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services examining the practicality of a device that would enable police forces to stop vehicles remotely. The concept was revealed in a European Union document from back in December which outlined topics for review between 2014-2020 including “Remote Stopping Vehicles”.
According to the document “this project will work on a technological solution that can be a ‘build in standard’ for all cars that enter the European market”. The potential new technology could impact on both road safety, civil liberties and car manufacturers throughout the continent.
The EU document also said “cars on the run have proven to be dangerous for citizens” and “criminal offenders (from robbery to a simple theft) will take risks to escape after a crime. In most cases the police are unable to chase the criminal due to the lack of efficient means to stop the vehicle safely. This project starts with the knowledge that insufficient technology tools are available to be used as part of a proportionate response.”
The technology if implemented could provide police forces with a useful tool in catching offenders who are travelling in vehicles without having to engage in a high speed pursuit. This could potentially save lives in the long run and put a stop to high speed chases throughout Europe.