GPS Cannon … Booyah!

This is why I love you people. This morning I’m writing about my longstanding belief in the excessive use of high speed chases by police departments, especially as they may lead to the premature death of upstanding citizens like myself. And now multiple readers have told me about this hot – and, let’s be honest, awesome – new technology called a GPS Cannon. And yes, it’s awesome.

According to this article in GCN, which reports on technology for Public Sector IT, police in at least four states, Iowa, Florida, Colorado and Arizona, are already using these devices. Basically, the police car has an air cannon on the front grill which shoots a sticky GPS projectile which attaches to the car the officers are chasing. At that point, you can track it in real time and presumably track the person down and blockade and corner them.

The cannon is designed and sold by a company called StarChase, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Now, to be clear, I have no idea whether this company’s product is perfect or the best one. But based on my own knowledge and experience, it is awesome. And it may even work. Actually, it seems like it’s been used with some effectiveness in a number of jurisdiction.

Here are a couple of videos …

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