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LAPD Pursues High-Tech End to High-Speed Chases
Chief William J. Bratton unveiled Thursday a new and decidedly strange weapon in the LAPD's effort to halt high-speed pursuits. It is an air-propelled miniature dart equipped with a global positioning device. Once fired from a patrol car, it sticks to a fleeing motorist's vehicle and emits a radio signal to police. [...] A small number of patrol cars will be equipped with the compressed air launchers, which fire the miniature GPS receiver in a sticky compound resembling a golf ball, for four to six months as a trial.
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14 Responses:

  1. skreidle says:

    Ah, Spidey-Trackers, finally coming to fruition!

  2. strspn says:

    I predict within the first month on the road someone will be either killed or put in a coma by a GPS transceiver smashing through windows and skull.

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  3. bluknight says:

    "Uh, yeah ELL-TEE, we found the tracker. It was buried in this dumpster over here."

  4. lindseykuper says:

    Straight outta Snow Crash.

  5. arn says:

    You mean this technology isn't already in use?! I've been thinking about this for years! Sigh.


  6. mendel says:

    It seems to me that "recover the car" isn't typically the goal of the high-speed chase.

  7. wfaulk says:

    The police are going to be really pissed when they find out what the "receiver" part of "GPS receiver" means.

  8. whumpdotcom says:

    Cop misses intended vehicle. Cops murder bystander.

  9. jkonrath says:

    I hear you can get around this by wrapping a wet towel around your car.