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Automotive vehicle "stall" command processor using satellite communications for law enforcement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014787D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jul-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Automotive vehicle "stall" command processor using satellite communications for law enforcement Disclosed is a method of allowing law enforcement officials to temporarily remotely stall a vehicle involved in a pursuit. Law enforcement personnel in the field are often involved in vehicle chases with suspects. This often results in lengthy, high risk driving for all occupants of the chased and chasing vehicle.

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Automotive vehicle "stall" command processor using satellite communications

for law enforcement

Disclosed is a method of allowing law enforcement officials to temporarily remotely stall a vehicle involved in a pursuit.

Law enforcement personnel in the field are often involved in vehicle chases with suspects. This often results in lengthy, high risk driving for all occupants of the chased and chasing vehicle.

Current solutions that are commonly used include:
1. High speed chase until the chased vehicle crashes, or the vehicle becomes disabled
(e.g. blows a tire)
2. High speed chase until the chased vehicle runs out of fuel
3. Police roadblocks, which are often broken through, or a minor deterrent depending upon terrain
4. Weapons fire between the law enforcement personnel and the chased vehicle to attempt to stop the vehicle or driver

The OnStar* system can automatically unlock an automobile door from a command center by utilizing Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite technology to locate and issue a command to the vehicle. This same technology can be utilized by automotive manufacturers in every vehicle manufactured that will accept this same type of secured satellite signal and command to cut the power within the vehicle and stall the engine.

Law enforcement personnel can utilize existing information about a vehicle being chased, and have a secured call placed to an "OnStar" or equivalent command center with this information to activate the "stall" command program within that vehicle. Based on vehicle license information, make, model, and location, the command center can issue the command code to the area of the chase (perhaps a 1 mile square) and effectively terminate the chase by stalling the chased vehicle.

This protocol requires a secured access interface from law enforcement personnel to the command center issuing the actual satellite comman...