• Sep 27, 2007
High speed chases with cops and robbers may make for great TV, but the dangerous activity puts lives and property in danger, and sometimes the bad guy gets away. The LAPD has some of the most elaborate pursuits ever put on tape, but the new StarChase Pursuit Management System may help them nab suspects without as much risk to those around them. The device is mounted on the front end of the police cruiser, and a laser target helps with aim. When the police have the suspect in range, they simply fire a projectile at the fleeing vehicle. Once the small GPS device, battery, and cellular radio are attached to the vehicle, the fuzz can track the perp without having them in plain site, which means the police can keep pedestrians from being a statistic.

Only time will tell if the device will truly work, but it's good to see that the Police are coming up with new technology to keep up with ever-improving criminal tech. Hit the StarChase website to check out a product video demo, it looks pretty cool, but as of right now it doesn't look like the projectile firing device kicks out enough force at high speeds for the tracking device to stick. It's a good thing that such a device wasn't in existence 30 years ago, however, because Smokey and the Bandit would have been one short, uneventful movie.

[Source: The Truth About Cars]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I question the legality of this. Lets say a speeder flees from a police car. The police use this device in a high speed chase to track the speeder, but at some point the criminal loses the cops and yanks the device off his car and slaps it on someone else's similar looking parked car. Next thing you know some poor innocent schmuck takes their car up to the grocery store and gets pummelled by about 10 police cars and arrested for speeding and fleeing the scene and obstruction of justice. Then the innocent bystander has to prove that they didn't do anything wrong.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ...Yes and honest police officers will likely use that information openly. But what if they don't? You could try to subpoena the video evidence of course but this still puts you on the defensive.

        • 7 Years Ago
        upirons, did you just say the police will PLAY BACK the footage when they spot the suspect and are in pursuit?? Maybe in fairytale land. And as getting a subpoena...well that won't too matter much if you are DEAD. People have died for much, much smaller misunderstandings.

        Ignorant fools love giving authority figures as much power as humanly possible. Why don't you just have them plant an explosive at the base of your spine, so they can paralyze you if try to flee a crime.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Are the police going to role the cam footage back before they try to apprehend the "suspects". Suppose its not just a speeder they were chasing but a cop kiler. If the criminal slaps the tracker on your car you might have 30 bullet holes in you before the footage vindicates you (if it ever does).

        This seems like a dangerously flawed concept.
        • 7 Years Ago
        police cars also come with a camera. the license plate would answer your question.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think it will only be a short walk to the house of abuse for this one. The blogger who brought up the Kerry taser use has it right. The ability to use any device does not necessarly mean that its use is required. There is also the effect of a criminal's attempt to neutralize this device. Perhaps a re-visit to the practice of slamming on the brakes to cause a collision with a persuing police car thus causing the deployment of the crusers airbag system? Yes, now law-enforcement is able to de-activate the airbags to stop this practice. I bet that works real well when police crash at high speed, and the airbags are de-activated. I want to be THAT officer. Every action has a re-action. I am not saying high speed chases are good. But real thought has to be employed before something like this gets general and un-regulated use. There will be surprises that may not be pleasent.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is old news I thought. I saw this on youtube about a year ago. Still cool. Why dont they just shot an immobilizer at the car and stop it right there in its tracks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i feel like i remember hearing about such a device. sends a crazy signal that kills the car's cpu.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Probably because immobilizers don't exist. I think I remember hearing something about that awhile back - police wanting to install a radio controlled chip in every car so they could just push a button and shut down any car, but that hasn't happened yet. Maybe instead of a small device, they could attach boat anchor... or a boat. or 12 boats. that would slow you down.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That was in 2 Fast 2 Furious but I'm pretty sure it's just made up
        • 7 Years Ago
        the technology has to be there. maybe not like 2fast 2furious but same concept. send an electrical current like a shooting taser and immobilize the cars electronics... it can be done, i'm sure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You know I heard about this idea back in 2005 and they said this would be in production last year!!!!
      But overall I really think this is a good idea for city chases or downtown robberies but not highway patrol.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What about drag? Let's say the criminal's car and the police car is traveling at 100 mph. The amount of air resistance on that little device must be massive. So how it perform in that situation?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "What about drag?" Very good question. It didn't look like it was moving that quickly. If the cop car is going too fast, that thing would probably fly back into the grille.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds great, until cops start shooting every other car with a GPS projectile. Look at the taser, once a alternative to using a gun, now cops will taser you for taking too long at the podium at a Kerry rally.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why don't they just pull up beside them and put a bullet in the crook's head? What, too extreme? ;-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I really like this idea.
      We've probably all seen videos or read in the news about an innocent person being maimed or a house being crashed into by someone fleeing the police.

      In places if a pursuit gets too out of hand the police are required to let the perp get away to avoid a high speed accident. Now they can do so and not be quite as defeated.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Screw the GPS. Why not attach a sticky bomb and blow these a-holes to hell? Quit screwing around already.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So what happens when the driver exits the car on foot?
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean the GPS device that is stuck on the car which the cops are tracking while the perp runs away?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I imagine they'll have a sore ass from the GPS device sticking out of it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new hoodlum cars will aluminum A8's and XJ's.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why don't they just make a grapple hook to reel them in? Haven't they ever played Grand Theft Auto? Once they're on to the fact that they've been tagged, they'll just hijack a different car.
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