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OnStar To Add Stolen Vehicle Slowdown Feature

Posted October 11, 2007 2:15 PM

From OhGizmo!:

If you've never been in a vehicle that's equipped with OnStar service you're really missing out. Besides the obvious GPS and navigation features it also provides remote door unlocking (it happens to the best of us), emergency or accident assistance and can even email you monthly reports of your vehicle's condition. Worse comes to worse it can also be used to locate a stolen vehicle, and will soon offer a new service that should help police avoid dangerous high speed pursuits as they attempt to recover your ride. Known as 'Stolen Vehicle Slowdown' the new service will actually slowly reduce power to the engine of a stolen vehicle while it's being pursued by police, gradually bringing the vehicle to a stop. Here's a breakdown of how the system will work once the owner reports the stolen vehicle: - Once the vehicle has been reported stolen to law enforcement, the subscriber can call OnStar and request Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance. OnStar will confirm the subscriber has not opted out of the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service. - OnStar will use real-time GPS technology to attempt to pinpoint the exact location of the stolen vehicle and provide this information to law enforcement to help them recover the vehicle. - When law enforcement has established a clear line of sight of the stolen vehicle, law enforcement may request OnStar to slow it down remotely. - Safeguards will be in place to ensure that the correct vehicle is slowed down. - OnStar then sends a remote signal to the vehicle that interacts with the Powertrain system to reduce engine power which will slow the vehicle down gradually. While there are plenty of people who won't like that their vehicles can be controlled remotely like this, it's actually a great idea when you think about how dangerous high speed pursuits can be. But for those still opposed it will be completely optional and you can expect to see it available on upcoming 2009 models.

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10/12/2007 7:29 AM

On a similar note.

Why don't they put some sort of transmitter in emergency vehicles and a receiver in civilian vehicles so that you are informed when there is an emergency vehicle in the area. Todays cars are so sound proof that you can't hear the siren even with no radio or other background noise.

You could hook the transmitter up to the siren switch and the receiver to the cars radio with a voice that tells you to be "ALERT for an emergency vehicle in the area. The transmitter would only need to transmit a in few hundred feet of radius.

I was passed by a Fire truck yesterday and with my widows up and the radio on but not loud. I didn't hear the siren until it was on top of me. luckily I happened to see it coming from the right & i waited till it made thru the intersection before starting forward on the green light.

I think that most of the people that don't move over or keep clear of intersections for EM vehicles, isn't because they are idiots its because they didn't even now the EM vehicle was coming.

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10/12/2007 10:28 AM

One company is pursuing this problem in a less complicated way. Federal Signal Corporation is now selling a low frequency siren that can be felt as much as heard. It is called the Rumbler. www.fedsig.com

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10/15/2007 7:43 AM

I'm not sure the Rumbler system will work around here.

We have so many kids with stereo systems that has a bass turned up so loud that they rattle your car windows as they pass you on the road.

But I've seen week transmitters use for the real estate market that you can tune your radio to if you want to hear more info about a house for sale without talking to an agent.

So something similar to that with more range and a particular frequency that your radio would have to accept. Shouldn't be that hard of an idea to work out.

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10/16/2007 9:46 AM

I certainly agree the technology is available. It is just a matter of priorities. Until there is some tragedy where someone famous, or a group of people get killed, there won't be enough public outcry by politicians to demand the government mandate the installation another device in cars.

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10/12/2007 11:25 AM

Emergency vehicles already broadcast a signal. They even have control fo the lights at major intersections in larger cities.

unfortunately, you have to have the ability to recieve the signal. I had a whistler radar detector that had the feature. It would altert you to emergency vehicles, and in cities like Chicago where the service is available, alert you to detours, and heavy traffice conditions on the expressways.

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10/12/2007 11:23 AM

You may be able to opt out now, but I will bet that at some point it won't be an option! That is just too good for law enforcement.

Next, the vehicle will be restricted in maximum speed depending on the local speed limit. However, first when you do exceed the limit it will transmit that infraction to a commercial company that will send you a ticket. Basically the same thing as a speed camera or red light camera, but now it is simpler. Of course they will probably install a caution light when you do exceed or reach the speed limit to give you a few seconds to hit the brake.

Next, the vehicle acceleration will be limited to preserve and optimize fuel consumption.

Next, red light control, emergency vehicle approaching control.

Relax. This is all for the children. We will all lead carefully controlled and guided lives.

Think this is over the top? Already black boxes are creeping into new cars. and many US states are mandating their existence in new cars. The black box contains a continuos loop of vehicle information, including vehicle dynamics, speed, acceleration, etc. In the event of an accident or a citation, both the police and insurance companies are confiscating this data via subpoena. It could back you up as to your innocence or more likely condemn you. How many of us never exceed the speed limit? If you were a few miles an hour over the limit expect to get cited for it, then the insurance company will probably raise your rates.

Already some insurance companies are offering reduced rates to drivers with these new cars if they allow the insurance company to periodically submit the black box data for their review. If your data is within their guidelines, you keep your low rate. If the data shows something different, then your rates go up. Unlike a false positive with a drug test, you can't have a "do-over". If the data is wrong you have little recourse.

So, how long before the option becomes mandatory? Insurance companies see it as a means to reduce risk. Lawyers see it as a means to prove their case. Law enforcement and courts see it as a way to prove guilt and generate revenue.

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10/12/2007 11:49 AM

Robust agreement!

Austin has recently implemented tollroads. I have no problem with this. The problem is an existing road has needed to be enlarged for a decade and now terminates into an entrapping toll plaza.

The tollway was free for a couple of months to get commuters 'used' to it. Then it wasn't free. No cash lanes. Just cameras. So a little discreet portable sign says 'toll open' one day. Apparently about four days before I noticed it or understood what the heck it meant. So the 4 'violations' instead of costing me $2.00 jumped to $10. I refused to pay. So now I have received a statement that if I open an automated account they will reduce the ever soaring fine, now up to $78 for the same 4 'violations', by half.

I still refuse. I will discuss with my lawyer soon. I will go to jail before I pay .01 more than the initial $2.00.

What......? oh sorry. I thought this was the p^ss and mo$n about gov't. forum!

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