10/09/2007

New GM system should curb police chases

By Mike Wendland
The Detroit Free Press

DETROIT Starting next year, 1.7 million General Motors vehicles will be equipped with a new technology that will allow police, pursuing a stolen vehicle, to get GM's OnStar service to disable the accelerator and slow the fleeing vehicle to a gradual stop.

With more than 30,000 police chases each year resulting in 300 fatalities and about 7,500 injuries, this unique use of the OnStar technology is being hailed by a wide variety of law enforcement and emergency response organizations.
 
"This is very, very significant," says Col. Peter Munoz, director of the Michigan State Police. "This will save lives and prevent many injuries. No doubt about it."

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