Electromagentic gun - new Police tool to stop cars - video

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Electromagentic gun - new Police tool to stop cars - video

Scientists at Eureka Aerospace have developed an electromagnetic pulse gun that develops a high-intensity directed pulse of electricity designed to disable a car's microprocessor system, shutting down all of its systems.

Right now the prototype fills an entire lab, but they have plans to shrink its size to hand-held proportions. There are, of course, some kinks to work out, such as how to ensure the car will still be able to stop safely--an increasingly valid concern with more widespread use of electric power steering units and the need for hydraulic brake assistance.

It's worth noting that GM already features similar capabilities on its OnStar-equipped vehicles, though the electromagnetic signal used to disable the vehicle is beamed via satellite, and doesn't cripple the in-car computer, but rather puts it into a mode that allows police to easily catch and then stop the fleeing criminal.

Of course, criminals could always circumvent the HPEMS's effectiveness by opting for a pre-computing age car, though the number of affordable classics that are up to modern high-speed chase duty is surely dwindling.

By netchicken: posted on 23-1-2010








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