Sure, we all love the thrills and crashes of movie car chases. But what about those in real life where some nut is doing 100 mph on a freeway, cops in hot pursuit, women and children frozen in fear, others getting injured or killed? That’s not entertainment (though news outlets showing such footage may consider it so), and police have never found an effective way to stop these goons.
Something called an electromagnetic pulse cannon may soon be small and effective enough to stop a speeding car without killing its driver or passengers. Eureka Aerospace has been working on the device for some time. Called the Car Stopper, it has also drawn interest from the Marines and, lately, the U.S. Air Force.
It is called a High-Power Electromagnetic System (HPEMS) that can disable cars up to 200 meters away by disrupting their electronics and shutting them down instantly. No bullets, no more car chases. The company is working to reduce the size of the unit, which uses a 1.2-meter-wide antenna and weighs 55 pounds. They want to make a handgun-size portable unit within the next five years.
The Air Force is looking at the device to get beyond the use of helicopter-mounted snipers, and the Marines want a similar capability. Right now, the biggest drawback to HPEMS is that it can only disable microprocessor-controlled engines in relatively newer cars. But Eureka boss James Tatoian says they are going to lick that problem.
Anybody see a downside to this? I think zappers in cop cars is a great idea. What do you think?