In the past I have written about my feelings concerning the GM OnStar and its ability to control a car remotely. I won’t get into that in this post, but I found a patent today that would scare me even more. The title of the patent is “Method of stopping a stolen car without a high-speed chase, utilizing a bar code”. First, I have to wonder what the applicant, a Young Ill Choi from Burbank, CA, was thinking when he added – without a high-speed chase – into the title. Curious addition in that it guesses what might happen. Wasn’t there a famous low-speed car chase some years back? Maybe this patent would work in that case.
Anyways, on to the patent. Let me provide the abstract: A safe method of stopping a stolen car without chasing at high speeds, utilizing a bar code implanted between the inner layer and outer layer of a rear safety glass is comprised of steps: 1) scan the barcode, 2) compare the read in barcode with those of the stolen cars stored in the police computer net, 3) trigger one of the three stopping means of this invention. Those three stopping means are: 1) turn off the engine, 2) puncture the rear tires with bullets, and 3) puncture the rear tires by mechanical means.
Further clarification is provided for 2) …to the trigger installed in the stolen car to puncture the rear tires with four sets of one pistol bullet engaged in a short barrel which are installed inside of both of the rear wheel covers.
Now come on, I am sure you could add some additional fun ways to bring a car to a stop! What say you?
Brian Bailey – keeping you covered
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