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Post  Post subject: Police Can Use Radiowaves to Halt Cars  |  Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:17 pm
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This is taking us one step closer to a Police State in my opinion:

Devices that fire microwave blasts, scrambling cars' onboard computers, could soon allow the authorities to rein in suspect vehicles

IMAGINE you could disable a car remotely just by pressing a button. It's not a distant dream: devices that use radio waves to disrupt the control computers of modern cars are already in the pipeline. Police will be able to use them to halt suspect vehicles in their tracks.

At the request of police in France, Spain and Germany, a European Commission-funded consortium is developing such a device. Meanwhile, electronics firm E2V of Chelmsford, UK, is developing a similar system for both the police and the military, and successfully tested its technology last week.

Europe has given €4.3 million to the SAVELEC (Safe Control of Noncooperative Vehicles Through Electromagnetic Means) project. As part of this, engineers at the German Aerospace Center DLR in Stuttgart have pored over automotive Engine Control Units (ECUs) to identify vulnerabilities in microchips that can be exploited using radio signals. The electronics and portable antennas that will transmit those signals are being designed at IMST, a German radio antenna research lab in Kamp-Lintfort. At MBDA, the French missile maker based near Paris, staff are running simulations with large groups of volunteers drivers to gauge how they react when cars cut out at speed.


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Post  Post subject: Re: Police Can Use Radiowaves to Halt Cars  |  Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:10 am
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Police have other ways of stopping cars. This method seems less dangerous to uninvolved bystanders or motorists than high speed chases, shooting at tires or throwing down tire puncturing devices onto public roads. Why is an electronic means more sinister than old fashioned mechanical means?

Post  Post subject: Re: Police Can Use Radiowaves to Halt Cars  |  Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:26 pm
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Bunbury asks a very good question, IMO. That could be an excellent path of conversation.

Also, I'm curious how police state is being defined as many would argue we're already there in several cities here in the US. It was a pretty hot topic of conversation last year in Boston, for example, after the marathon bombing. The Boston police department came out with some very heavy machinery and vehicles/weapons that looked like they better belonged in Iraq or Afghanistan.


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Post  Post subject: Re: Police can use radiowaves to halt cars  |  Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:26 pm
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I read about such technology in The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

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In that novel a microwave scrambling device was fired at a computer to stop an email from being sent after the sender had pressed the “send” button.
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