We've all seen police chases where officers have to throw spike strips into the roadway, but an Arizona-based company called Pacific Scientific has created some new tools to stop bad guys without putting any officers in harm's way. Both the Pit-BUL (Ballistic Undercarriage Lanyard) and the NightHawk are innovative devices designed to quickly, safely and easily disable a vehicle that is either attempting to run from police or enter a restricted area.

The coolest of the two is the Pit-BUL, which looks like a conventional speed bump but can deploy a net, as seen above, that almost immediately disables vehicles running over it. Designed more to protect an established position such as check point, border crossing or a military base entrance, this device works by using spikes attached to a large netting to lock up the front wheels. Each Pit-BUL costs up to $29,000, and since the nets are only useable for one application, additional net kits cost as much as $3,000.

As more of a mobile tool, the NightHawk is a deployable spike strip that can operate remotely to keep officers out of danger. When deployed, a beanbag-like projectile is fired from the container and carries with it the spike strip. After the intended vehicle has run over it, an internal motor can retract the strip so other vehicles don't accidently get flat tires.

Scroll down to watch both devices in action.




I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 86 Comments
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Needs more gladiator with trident.
      tylermars.design
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm trying to figure out how that net completely disables the front wheels like that.........maybe it gets caught in the brakes?
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      Rampant
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whats next? EMP guns?
      Cool people
      • 1 Year Ago
      The war on people continues
      Georg
      • 1 Year Ago
      amazingly we dont need such stuff here in Germany... here the police use brain and radio... if someone try to escape they stay out of his sight to gave him secure feeling so he donĀ“t drive like a reckless noob risking his own and other life. The moment he stop or if he is away from third they catch him. You never see rambo style police wild car chase here.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        Being German myself, I can also remind you that Germany is nearly as overpopulated as India, and doesn't have many areas with as low a population density as you find in the US, where its very easy to lose someone without air support if they don't stay within visual range.... and yeah, helicopters are expensive.
        eye.surgeon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        Yes Germany has been the model of behavior for decades now. Oh wait.
          Peter
          • 1 Year Ago
          @eye.surgeon
          oh the braveness
        dickbambam
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        I totally agree. Why risk the life of innocent people over a stolen car. But what would the TV stations have for their evening fodder.
        Greg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        LA police do the exact same thing. It works great in areas suited for it, but like the video states, there is still a need to immobilize a vehicle and not just pursue and catch up to it, such as at border crossings, military bases, govt & other sensitive sites, etc.
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stopping a car in rage is so old fashion. Sooner or later, law enforce will use drones with HD cameras to monitor the entire city. No one can escape the big brother's eye.
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mercer
        that's why I always wear my tin foil hat. My car has a tin foil hat too. They'll never find us!!!
      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Option #2 , who the hell has time a roll out an set-up the first net contraption. All the crooks have to do is swerve on to a sidewalk to avoid it , creating even more danger for pedestrians. It just looks over-engineered. The second option looks like a small suitcase that the you would never notice in a chase until it's too late and the fact that it can be retracted is even better. Smaller, simpler and probably costs way less.
        Denver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Autoblogist
        Well maybe if you read, you would have noticed the part about the first net, the Pit-BUL that says ". Designed more to protect an established position such as check point, border crossing or a military base entrance". Its not going to be used in chases.
      nineeleventothecore
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a racist invention.
      RXTOXICWASTE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not make every new car 'incapable' of exceeding 65 mph?
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RXTOXICWASTE
        Haha you're funny. Please tell me you're not being serious.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
        Richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        right...but then the family gets to sue the city for millions because their 7 time fellon son COULD HAVE gone straight, got a Phd in neuro science and cured brain cancer...and a jury of the same persuation of the family will award millions, completely ignorant of the fact that that money has to come from taxpayers....
          me
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Richard
          I dont understand the downvotes.....families do that all the time and its sickning
        turboawdftw
        • 1 Year Ago
        or do what i do in GTA, rocket launcher lol
        montegod7ss
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yup, no need for trials anymore in this country. Obama said so.
        msg
        • 1 Year Ago
        they should shoot you first
        Carpinions
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wow, I guess it really is a global economy. Now we're importing Russian police tactics. Your suggestion only works in Hollywood movies. In the real world the very next instance of a perp running from the cops in a car will involve a hostage, in which case I'm hoping you don't think guns are still the answer. But whether or not you meant your comment in jest, everyone loves to 8!7ch about our legal system until they need it. Then it's a bit like that Churchill line about government: Our legal system is the worst kind imaginable...except for all the others...
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's how police can stop "suspects", not criminals. Try not to forget that we are, thankfully, innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
        kingofswords72
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        A lot of suspects already are convicted criminals.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        [blocked]
          Shanti
          • 1 Year Ago
          GR, you are correct, of course. "Suspects" in a high-speed police chase are "pretty much screwed" and probably will be convicted, but I don't think that's the point Walt is trying to make. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the issue is labeling citizens apparently engaged in criminal activity as "criminals." It's like a form of "othering" that not only diminishes one's rights but encourages the treatment of suspects as enemies, which our justice system is specifically set up to prevent.
          GR
          • 1 Year Ago
          Yes, you are a suspect, then a defendant, before you can become a convict or "criminal", BUT Aaron N. has a point. When you evade the police, it's actually a crime. Although you may be a "suspect" of evading the police, you are pretty much screwed because the witnesses of the crime (evading police) are THE POLICE. Police officers aren't only law enforcement, but actually professional witnesses in a court of law. Testifying is a common duty among cops. I would like to see ANYONE beat a case in court for evading the police if they fail to stop upon the order of the police. In fact, when you get your license, you are basically agreeing with the state that the police have the right to stop you and you must comply with the order of the police or traffic control officer. Remember: Driving is a privilege, not a right. Also, I work in criminal law. I have a pretty good sense of how it goes down in court.
          hokieflea
          • 1 Year Ago
          "all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law" No one is ever a criminal until then...ever
          Walt
          • 1 Year Ago
          Evading and resisting are two crimes. Period. You might be a SUSPECT in those crimes. Period. But you are not guilty of those crimes UNTIL a case has been made against you, evidence presented, and your case has been successfully prosecuted in a court of law and a jury of your peers renders a verdict that finds you guilty. Up until that verdict, you are INNOCENT! --- This is a prime example of why our rights, guaranteed by the constitution, are eroding so quickly in this country. There are simply not enough people who understand or care to understand their birthright as American citizens, or as Benjamin Franklin said there are too many people willing to trade away essential liberty for some temporary security.
          • 1 Year Ago
          [blocked]
        John Baldwin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        Oh, but that was before the Emperor Obama started writing Royal decrees!
        ttanner225
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        Walt, if you fail to stop from the police you have just commited a crime ( obstruction of justice, failure to yield, resisting arrest, etc) regardless of whether or not you actually commited the crime that the police originally wanted to detain or arrest you for.
        JIMMY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
        In reality, it's the reverse,
    • Load More Comments