While this is not a drug related story thought it might be of interest. I seem to remember a case a while back of the OnStar communication system being used to eavesdrop on the vehicle in a mafia case as well.
GM's OnStar feature slows stolen vehicle
A 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe that was taken at gunpoint over the weekend in California – the brief chase ended when OnStar electronically disabled the vehicle's gas pedal after operators sent the vehicle several commands.
The OnStar shut down likely helped keep the public safe by avoiding a high-speed pursuit.
According to OnStar President Walt Dorfstatter, OnStar was able to successfully shut the vehicle down in 16 minutes -- once the Visalia, Calif., police received permission from Jose Ruiz, the car owner, with authorities contacting OnStar.
"While this was the first time that we've used the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown service, we have used OnStar in several other cases to help locate and recover stolen vehicles. It's a valuable tool for our agency," Visalia Police Department Sergeant Steven Phillips said in a statement.*
"In this case, it helped us not only, but also prevented a dangerous high-speed chase and allowed us to quickly apprehend a suspect. It's a win for everyone."
General Motors operates OnStar, and although it isn't available on all GM vehicles yet, it's a feature that the automaker hopes to roll out to all vehicles.*
The automaker said 18 of 30 new 2010 vehicles are equipped with OnStar.* It's possible all GM vehicles will have OnStar in the next few years, but the company didn't outline a specific target date.
If automakers are not able to shut down the car remotely, interested consumers can have GPS activated so the police have the ability to track a vehicle if stolen.*
Automakers have attempted to work with law enforcement for innovative methods to limit the danger in high speed chases, including auto shut down and better tracking technologies.
Michael Barkoviak - October 21, 2009 7:41 AM