The European Union is secretly developing a “remote stopping” device that would be fitted to all cars and allow police to disable vehicles at the flick of a switch. Confidential documents from a committee of senior EU police officers, who meet in secret, set out the plan as part of wider law enforcement surveillance and tracking measures. “The project will work on a technological solution that can be a ‘build in standard’ for all cars that enter the European market,” said the document. The devices, which could be in all new cars by the end of the decade, would be activated by a police officer working from a computer in a central control room. Once enabled, the suspect vehicle’s fuel supply would be cut and the ignition switched off, bringing it to a halt.
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