Nov 21st, 2007 by RJ Menezes
As long as there has been the car, there has been the car thief. Ah, yes, the car thief. Scum, no good, son-of-a-!$%^!. Call them what you will. Car thieves are a problem every automotive consumer faces. They are like a pest that won’t go away.
Car thieves make us so mad because they hit an emotional cord. Our cars are one of the only things, besides our homes, that we throw so much of ourselves into. They are an extension of us and say a lot about who we are.
Well now the people at OnStar, who want to prevent this all together, will prescribing a nice dose of revenge to car thieves. Starting with about 20 models for 2009, the service will be able to slowly halt a car that is reported stolen, and the radio may even speak up and tell the thief to pull over because police are watching.
That’s right, the car will slow itself down and force a thief to pull over. Even if the thieve gets away, at least you’ll get your car back. This is besides the fact that thieves will also think twice about stealing an OnStar equipped car. Good news for General Motors customers. GM is still exploring the possibility of having the car give a recorded verbal warning before it stops moving. A voice would tell the driver through the radio speakers that police will stop the car, Huber said, and the car’s emergency flashers would go on.
Those who want OnStar but don’t like police having the ability to slow down their car can opt out of the service, Huber said. But he said their research shows that 95 per cent of subscribers would like that feature.
Look for integration of the system in all of the models in the General Motors brands by the end of the year.