e2v technologies is a British company which is diversified into the defense, space, medical, industrial, civil aeronautics, and security industries. They have a multitude of products that revolve around hi-reliability semi-conductors, lasers, radars, and the like. In their security and rescue division is the RF Safe-Stop System.
The system uses a proprietary radio frequency emission to “confuse” the electronics of a car or ship thus bringing it to a halt. e2v says they have tested the RF Safe-Stop in low speed applications. Further testing is in the works. A prototype RF Safe-Stop is shown below in the bed of a pickup.
I am not surprised that low speed, straight line testing has been successfully completed, but adding in the variables of high speed and unpredictable driving (by a suspect) are likely to make this system dangerous for real world pursuit applications.
ev2’s idea for this to be used in static vehicle checkpoints seems reasonable. More so, the RF Safe-Stop has definite potential in maritime activities such as harbor protection, anti-piracy, and drug interdiction uses. We will see where this technology leads…