• Jan 28, 2010

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The car chase was made famous by films like Bullitt and The French Connection, but for some reason, most Americans think of O.J. and the white Ford Bronco when they think of pursuits before either of those excellent films. The reason? The O.J. chase was real. Real slow, too, but definitely authentic. But not all real-life car chases are slow. In fact, many are very fast and extremely dangerous, but the U.S. Air Force is looking to change that in the next few years with a weapon it calls the Car Stopper.

The Car Stopper is a device that will enable the USAF to disable a vehicle's electronic devices, rendering the vehicle immobile in under one second. But while the military may be on the lookout for microwave tech that can disable vehicles of all shapes and sizes, a company called Eureka Aerospace already has such a device in development, and it can reportedly stop a vehicle dead in its tracks from up to 200 meters away. The device, called High Powered Electro Magnetic System (HPEMS), can stop vehicles made after the mid-1970s cold.

Hit the jump to watch a Popular Science video showing just how effective the device is. HPEMS can stop a Toyota without much of a fuss, and it could one day assist the military in stopping cars and tanks on the battle field, or law enforcement looking to avoid high speed chases.

[Sources: Popular Science via Flightglobal]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I would guess this would not work on a diesel?
        • 4 Years Ago
        A diesel that doesn't rely on electronics to keep it running, anyway. So I'm pretty sure most of your older generation diesels would be fine - VW, Volvo, and Mercedes diesels from the 70's-80's, as well as similarly-aged offerings from GM/Ford/Dodge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course it can stop a Toyota cold...

      LOL, someone had to say it
        • 4 Years Ago
        It'll finally stop that Toyota Avalon, but that electromagnetic pulse will also stop the pace-maker of the anyone driving within 200m of the target.
        JDM Life
        • 4 Years Ago
        My Toyota and Millions more are stoping fine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How awesome that the car in the video is a Toyota Avalon, basically the poster child for unintended acceleration! Too Funny!

        Also, good to see the Reading Rainbow guy found some work.
        • 4 Years Ago
        JDM life; any car will stop when it smashes into a guard rail or the back of a semi, that doesn't count!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha, I've been looking to buy a 280z, but after seeing that mid-70s part I'm thinking 240.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      thats just wrong lol, i wonder how if the car is a total loss after that, but hey i am all for the troops in iraq having new toys but the cops get too carried away with those damn tasers, i can see it now earley morning traffic stop, driver of vehicle attemps to pull over but cop gets trigger happy and decides because he wants to just to stop that car cold in its tracks. ... i think that should only be given to the military
      • 4 Years Ago
      For JCUIOT; Where do you get RELIABLE information that it will stop a person's pacemaker at 200 meters away from the target vehicle?? Come-ON! Do you think this man-let alone a law enforcement agency-would put something out on the street that would be such a liability? Shame on you for making up fables like that!! You must be "One of the guys" who want to make a clean get-away!!! As the saying goes: you can't outrun a Motorola--and if you drive so dangerously that a pursuit HAS to be terminated to prevent the loss of life or massive property damage, SHAME ON YOU!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So no steering or brakes nice!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Russian no-frills Lada is gonna get popular among baddies again :-).
      • 4 Years Ago
      How are they going to aim that HERF burst using that glorified barbecue rack pictured here? Works real well in his shielded chamber. Probably doubles as a birth control method.

      There's a bucket full of engineers out there who know this is a BAD idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Surely the best way to stop a fast car is to launch a pelican at it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        dãã... That only works with Veyrons. Evebody knows pelicans love buggattis.
      McGyver
      • 4 Years Ago
      They'll find out later it causes brain cancer.
      Dave
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's great! Now Toyota can build all the defective cars they want because now the cops can stop them if they run away!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Almost seems like an RPG would be quicker, cheaper, and have less collateral damage than this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HELLO WERE HAS EVERYONE BEEN, O YA LIVING THAT FAST LIFE THE GOVERMENTS WAY OF LIVING. THIS OLD NEWS AND IS ANOTHER WAY OF CONTROLING PEOPLE. WATCH WHAT SOME OF YOU WISH FOR YOU MAY GET IT AND THEN ITS TO LATE. YOU BETTER THINK ABOUT GPS AND THE SYSTEMS THAT ARE ALREADY ON THE NEW CARS NOW: LIKE THE ONSTAR, AND OTHERS. ALSO GM HAS A SYSTEM ON THE CARS NOW THAT CAN TRACK, AND SHUT DOWN YOU CAR, TRUCKS ETC...

      THINK AND BE MORE ALERT ON WHAT IS HAPPENNIG EVERYDAY AND NOT JUST ON THE CELL PHONE, AND NON PERSONAL WAY OF LIVING I-DEALIST WORLD.

      IT'S ALREADY HERE !
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