How Police Plan to Shut Down Fleeing Cars Remotely

Posted: December 13, 2013 in Policing, Research, Technology & Crime
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It’s been a bit of hectic end to the week, but I wanted to share a quick post with you about some technology the police are planning to use in the future to stop fleeing motorists remotely using radio frequency (RF) radiation.

According to a recent article about the technology:

The new devices work not by frying a car’s electronics as military electromagnetic pulse weapons do, but by temporarily disabling them. “We want to disturb the car’s electronics so we can stop it, but we don’t want to break the car and leave it stuck on the motorway. And we don’t want to harm the occupants, nearby pedestrians or the police with the beam either,” says Macé. Drivers should not feel the beam – but they might hear something. “This is known as the Frey microwave hearing effect and consists of audible clicks… just a pop in the ear,” she says.

Police currently use manual technology, like stop-sticks, to deflate the tires of fleeing vehicles, but these are dangerous to deploy and have resulted in officers being seriously injured or killed.

What is a “Stop Stick”?

By comparison, RF systems allow officers to disable vehicles from a position of relative safety.

One of the leading systems is being developed in Europe, and there are plans for a prototype to be released there in the next couple of years. In the meantime, here’s a video of how this all works.

Demonstration of the RF Safe Stop system

Have a safe weekend!

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  1. Brittius says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    …And some old geezer’s heart pacemaker, or hearing aids.


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