Stopping Technology

Foreign governments mandating remote shut-off?

Andy Bolig - February 03, 2014 12:41 PM


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European police forces have agreed to a six year plan of cooperation on technology...

A privacy-advocate group has reported that the European Union officials are proposing that manufacturers factory-install remote shut-off systems in autos.

Statewatch has leaked information that European police forces are working to mandate that remote-stopping devices be installed at the factory that would allow authorities to shut down any vehicle remotely. The idea is to eliminate unsafe, and sometimes deadly police chases by giving authorities the ability to shut down the offending vehicle without prolonging the chase.

The European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services (ENLETS) is a branch of the EU, aimed at enhancing police cooperation across the entire EU. The group was formed in 2008 and in 2012 declared that its mission was to "support front-line policing and the fight against serious and organized crime…"

European police forces have agreed to a six year plan of cooperation on technology, stating that the next two years will focus on projects including automatic license plate recognition, open-source (events/crowd control) and signals intelligence, video surveillance and the remote stopping of vehicles.

While this would clearly fall under the authority of foreign government entities, one cannot remove the impact that this would have on any vehicles imported from the U.S. manufacturers into areas so legislated. The proposed project will establish a standard system that would be required installation into every vehicle that enters the European market.