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Monday, July 12, 2004


Car Immobiliser

::Surely many of us would have seen those highspeed highway car chases on TV shows like "Amazing Police Videos". High speed car chases are very dangerous even on highways and more so in built-up areas. A device which can immobilse a criminal getaway car will certainly prove a boon to the police department and other law enforcement agencies.

Such a device may became reality soon reports the Guardian. Police in Britain and the US have ordered tests of the new device that delivers a blast of radio waves powerful enough to knock out vital engine electronics, making the targeted vehicle stall and slowly come to a stop. This device is expected to work on cars made in the last 10 years as they carry computer chips to control the engines.

David Giri, formerly a physics professor at the University of California in Berkeley has set up a company called ProTech, and is developing this radio wave vehicle-stopping device. The results obtained from trials done on this device would be reported at the Euroem 2004 science conference in Germany soon.

Like all things, this device can be a boon, but there is always the possibility of it being mis-used by those in authorities and criminals alike. i can forsee, the device being used by criminal elements to stall cars of potential kidnap victims or armoured cars/vans filled with dough. But then again in a few years down the line, we may have jammers to stall these vehicle stalling devices. Life goes on.




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