GPS bullets . .
A US company is producing a gun that fires GPS trackers that stick to vehicles being pursued.
The Starchase system comprises a compressed-air gun, typically mounted behind the grille of a police car, aimed using a laser to target a fleeing vehicle. The gun fires a tag containing a GPS tracker, which adheres to the suspect vehicle and transmits coordinates back to a dispatcher, who can then track the tagged vehicle in real-time via a secure connection.
Thus, a dangerous high-speed pursuit can be replaced with a safer interdiction strategy.
The StarChase Pursuit Management System is already in use in 4 US states, and the Virginia-based company is striving to have it adopted in UK.
The company explains that the mapping platform is a secure, scalable web-based one that does not require special hardware to operate - It is compatible with existing computer-aided design (CAD) and automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems.
The system is quoted to cost $5,000 (~£3,100, €3,700) to install and each bullet costs $500 (~£310, €370).
Details from StarChase and the BBC below . .