The Mangle

September 10, 2010

Taser GPS Trackers Expected to Reduce Car Pursuit Risk

Filed under: Scoops — themangle @ 6:29 am

Taser is rumoured to shortly be releasing a car-mounted device that shoots magnetic GPS tracking units. The device, simply codenamed “Taser GPS”, will be mounted on either the police car’s front grille, as per the picture (left), or on the car’s roof, and operated remotely by the driver.

The advantage of the Taser GPS, according to an unnamed source, is that “it has the potential to do away with potentially dangerous or even fatal vehicle pursuits. By attaching a GPS tracking device to a suspect vehicle, police can then track and apprehend  that vehicle without having to rely on high-speed pursuit tactics.”

The Taser GPS is callibrated to hit the vehicle target at a set distance. The pursing police car only has to ensure that his or her vehicle is at the required distance before the GPS tracker is fired at the vehicle, attaching magnetically once reaching its target. The GPS is activated once it is fired, with the police control centre able to track the movements of the vehicle from a central control room, and for the pursuit vehicles also able to track from in-car GPS screens. Field trials of the Taser GPS are expected to commence shortly in the US.

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