Police cars across the country are being equipped with a system for tagging and tracking vehicles using Global Positioning System, or GPS, technology.
The StarChase system installs into the grille of a police car a compressed-air cannon, which can fire 4.5-inch GPS projectiles that stick to a parked or fleeing vehicle, using a high-grad adhesive. The GPS tags then enable the patrol car to back off, while computers at police headquarters track the suspect car’s movements.
The system was designed to eliminate the need for high-speed car chases, which are blamed for 360 deaths every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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