Reports out of the UK this week suggest that a new leaked report for police-controlled remote vehicle stopping technology has surfaced online.
According to civil liberties group Statewatch, the documents form part of a study by the European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Service (Enlets) into the feasibility of future technologies for combatting crime.
The Enlets report highlights the danger that high-speed pursuit poses to citizens and property, raising the need for an advanced technology-based alternative.
“In most cases the police are unable to chase the criminal due to the lack of efficient means to stop the vehicle safely. This project starts with the knowledge that insufficient tools are available to be used as part of a proportionate response,” the report reads.
One part of the report proposes the potential for a “built-in standard” that would require all vehicles sold in European markets to be fitted with systems that would allow authorities to disable the vehicle remotely.
The study likely focuses on legal and community ramifications, given that the technology is already available in various forms: GM’s OnStar system already allows for a vehicle to be disabled remotely - with the owner’s permission.
The proposal has raised concerns over public freedoms and ‘Big Brother’ control, however the report adds that Enlets is only the “early stages of looking into feasibility”, and that there are no current plans to introduce the technology.
The report touches on other areas of law enforcement on the road, including licence plate recognition (already in use in Australia), and intelligence sharing between police services across Europe.