Criminals and Scofflaws Take Note
By KBB.com Editors on October 29, 2008 6:05 AMAttention criminals: Don't run from the police in a stolen 2009 General Motors product. The cops might be able to stop you using OnStar's new "Stolen Vehicle Slowdown" feature. After an owner reports their vehicle missing, police can contact OnStar and request the vehicle be disabled. When law enforcement has the vehicle in sight, OnStar will send a signal to the vehicle and reduce engine power to idle. Steering and braking function won't be affected, so the bad boys can come to a safe stop before the foot pursuit begins. This feature is attractive to the public since roughly one third of police chases result in a crash. Oddly, the vast majority of those running from the cops have committed relatively minor offenses like suspended driver's licenses, says a police driving instructor. Around 1.7 million 2009 GM vehicles will have this feature and OnStar subscribers will be able to choose whether or not to have this feature. No word on how this will affect cable television networks that rely on police chases for their programs.