OnStar Can Shut Down (‘Slowdown’) Your Car—2009 Models

From Traffic Technology Today

OnStar has set its sights on stolen vehicles. The company unveiled its Stolen Vehicle Slowdown technology in Los Angeles this week. The system actually slows a stolen vehicle remotely. “We are the first to do anything like this. We are pioneering the way,” says OnStar spokesman Brad Williams.

The devices will be featured on 2009 GM car and truck models. Once an owner reports a car has been stolen, OnStar works with police.

The OnStar advisor sends a signal to the car that interacts with the powertrain system to prevent the driver from accelerating.

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