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Austin police using GPS units to reduce chases

by GPS4US 2013-08-22 16:50

Thanks to GPS technology, police car chases may be on their way out.

In March, the Austin, Texas Police Department equipped 12 of their vehicles with a device that can actually shoot a GPS tracker onto a car in front of them.

The device is housed on the grill of the police car. If a suspect is about to flee, the cops can launch the GPS tracker onto the back of the offending vehicle. Then, instead of chasing down the suspect, police can work with dispatch to follow the path of the vehicle.

That reduces the number of car-chase related crashes, and keeps bystanders safe.

“The system uses a round, which is projected by air. It travels several car lengths in front of you. It doesn’t matter how fast you’re going,” Austin officer Tom Howard told Dallas’ CBS affiliate.

The device and technology was developed by a Virginia company called StarChase. It costs about $5,000 to install each unit.

It’s just a small price to pay for using the latest GPS technology to keep our streets safe. 


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