EU has secret plan for police to 'remote stop' cars
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January 29 2014

According to leaked documents, the European Union has a secret plan (or possibly a policy study) to mandate the fitting of remote control devices to the engines of all cars within the EU allowing them to be remotely disabled by law enforcement agencies.

Presumably the EU are not the only people to have had this idea.


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Game and Story Use

  • Standard dystopic technology for all kinds of vehicles.
    • Exacerbated in the case of driverless vehicles - potentially the police (or whoever) could thoroughly hijack the thing, lock the doors and drop you off wherever they feel like.
  • Obviously PCs will need to find some way for their tech guy to bypass the lockdown on their vehicles - and since these things will presumably have some kind of remote monitoring function to check that they haven't been removed, this will need to be spoofed as well.
    • If things proceed as normal, this sort of fix will be freely available on the black market, ensuring that only minor league criminals and the law abiding have anything to worry about.
  • Likewise, PCs and villains can have great fun hacking other people's cars and causing them to suddenly lose engine power in high speed traffic.
    • For an adventure hook, consider a criminal, terrorist or assassin with access to the codes for the local police lockdown system (or worse, some higher level agency's access codes).
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