Police GPS tracking bullets could re-shape how authorities deal with car chases. Police in Florida and Iowa are already using these GPS enabled bullets, which takes a huge step toward not letting criminals escape. According to a report from Monday (Oct. 28), this new technology is called Starchase and it has been geared to make dangerous car chases a thing of the past.
The way it works is through a device that is connected to the front grill of the vehicles being used by authorities. It can then fire a projectile at any vehicle, giving the chaser the ability to know where it is heading without needing direct line of sight. So in the case of car chases, if it is called off because they are driving through neighborhoods or dangerous areas, the device can be used to track the perpetrators down more safely.
This definitely seems like something out of a science fiction movie or from a police film in the future, but also a tool that could be useful in tracking down criminals. The cost of the device is $5,000 and each of the police GPS tracking bullets costs an additional $500 for taxpayers. It might seem like a pricey weapon in the fight on crime, but it could also save lives and keep more criminals off the streets in employed in more locations.
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