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OnStar Adds Vehicle Slowdown Service

OnStar today announced that it has added stolen vehicle slowdown capabilities to its service, giving law enforcement officers another way of safely bringing a fleeing vehicle to a stop. The service is available on certain 2009 General Motors vehicles, and is designed to allow the suspect-driver maintain control over the car while still slowing it down. Under the new service, after a subscriber reports the vehicle stolen to OnStar, the company tracks and obtains the vehicle’s location, which is then reported to the appropriate police agency. When the vehicle is spotted by police, the agency can request that the vehicle be slowed down–only the accelerator is affected by the activation, so the driver still has power steering and brakes to bring the vehicle to a safe stop. Read more about the new service here.

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