GPS darts07 Feb 2006
This is a genius idea:
Police Chief William J. Bratton unveiled a strange new weapon in the police department’s strategy to halt high-speed pursuits – adhesive darts with a global positioning system that are fired at fleeing cars by police.
Once fired from a patrol car, the GPS dart is designed to stick to a fleeing car, allowing squad cars to back off the chase.
“Instead of us pushing them doing 70 or 80 miles an hour,” Bratton said, “this device allows us not to have to pursue after the car. It allows us to start vectoring where the car is.”
It doesn’t say what they use to transmit the signal, however – what the range is, or how susceptible to jamming it is. I’ll dig that up later.. This is a great way to prevent needless deaths in high-speed chases. It’ll make future re-makes of the Dukes of Hazzard a lot less exciting, though.