According to a report by Telegraph.uk, the European Union (EU) is developing a secret 'Engine Kill' device, to be fitted in all the cars and will allow police to switch off any engine at its will.
Some leaked documents has revealed, this 'remote stopping' technology could be activated by a switch in the police control room. Basically, the device will allow the Police to track a vehicle's movements and getting it immobilised. The technology is expected to be featured in all European cars within a decade or so.
Labelled as 'draconian' by the industry critics, who actually questioned, whether the Government would be liable, if remote kill-switches cause any collisions or mishappening on the road. Report says that, a group of senior EU officials, including several Home Office mandarins, have signed off the proposal at a secret meeting in Brussels. They quoted, 'Cars on the run can be dangerous for citizens.'
In 2012, Enlets (European Network of Law Enforcement Technology Services) received a £ 4,84,000 grant from the European Commission for its declared mission to support front line policing and the fight against serious and organised crime by gathering user requirements, scanning and raising awareness of new technology and best practices, benchmarking and giving advice. The six-year work programme for Enlets also includes improving automatic number plate recognition technology and intelligence sharing. Although the technology for police to stop a vehicle by remote control has still to be developed, Enlets argues the merits of developing such a system.
The project will work on a technological solution that can be a 'build in standard' for all cars that enter the European market. The Enlets has proposed a schedule to ensure that the technology is fully developed by 2020.