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EU Wants Tech to End Car Chases

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Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
2/10/2014 2:40:20 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: They never end well
One of my uncles would do that, Rich. Nobody loves an atlas more than that man. He loves to compare notes with - well, anyone, really - about the pros and cons of taking I-81 versus I-95 versus route 164 versus the old dirt road, etc etc etc. I hope to heck he has gotten himself a smart phone so he can back up his conjecturing with good old-fashioned up-to-the-minute repeated checking of Google maps. 

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
2/8/2014 1:53:24 PM
User Rank City Slicker
Onstar
I met the CEO of OnStar when GM was in bankruptcy. He stated it was the one division that was performing well. Since they can stop cars now the EU can just purchase or install the OnStar technology. OnStar has been very helpful in situations from accidents to the driver becoming ill and many more.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/3/2014 5:32:45 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Oy...
Thanks for your feedback and for the link, thinbluedba! Another Future Cities user mentioned that same functionality to me today. I was skeptical because it seems like it could actually cause accidents, depending on when/how it's used.

On another thread, a FC message board user Toby suggested recently that GPS devices should have the ability to control car speed... in other words, the GPS should register the area's speed limit and send a message to the car that prevents it from surpassing that limit. We're actually really curious to hear what people think of that, and we've just put up a poll about it.

Seems like that would be a surefire way to eliminate high speed car chases!

thinbluedba
thinbluedba  
2/3/2014 3:38:17 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Oy...
@Nicole, I agree with your sentiment.  As someone in public safety, I can definitely see the positives of such a system, but to give police such direct access to private property is definitley a slippery slope that I hope we do not go down.

On the other hand, there might be a possible way of implementing this via an impartial third party.  I believe OnStar already has the ability to shutdown a vehicle remotely and has done so.  Here is one case where it saved a kidnap victim:

mejiac
mejiac  
2/3/2014 1:37:14 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Oy...
Here's a link on the subject....they're called "collision avoidance systems".

 

I do agree that it may cause a chain effect, but here's a recent commercial of when these types of system can make a difference when human error is at play.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
2/3/2014 1:32:02 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Oy...
"In a related topic, many of today's car manufactuers are installing systems that will make the car automatically stop if it predicts that a collision is inminent."

Is that true? I hadn't heard about this. And it sounds like a dangerous technology that could actually cause more collissions (that is, from the cars behind).

mejiac
mejiac  
2/3/2014 1:26:47 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Oy...
@Nicole,

"this is a clear choice between individual freedom and safety"

I think this answers your question... at the end if we either keep our freedom, or perfer safety, and there are many arguments for and againts.

Obviosly there's the worry of abuse of power, so not sure if there can be a clear argument.

In a related topic, many of today's car manufactuers are installing systems that will make the car automatically stop if it predicts that a collision is inminent.

So maybe instead of having a system that can be remotly triggered, have the car have the ability to adjust based on the driving conditions.

It's definitly a very intesesting topic to discuss

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
2/3/2014 10:29:47 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: They never end well
HA! @PeterJ, Ford probably didn't give it a thought. He should have: His behavior is why a ton of Canadians started a grassroots movement to make him an honorary American!

richheap
richheap  
2/3/2014 4:46:17 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: They never end well
Thanks Amy, and keep 'em coming. The other appeal with American car chases is they're more likely to end in a shootout. I'm not saying that's a good thing, but it definitely has some novelty value over most British car chases.

The best bit about British car chases is when they're on roads or in parts of the city that I recognise. I like quaint thoughts like: "If they keep going at this speed then they'll reach Reading in eight minutes."

Venks
Venks  
1/31/2014 3:27:16 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Oy...
Ah! funny way to support this campaign. I too dont see this idea to take off either. Its a very bad idea. We have to think of better ideas to stop the speeding cars.

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