By Andrew Liszewski
A couple of years ago General Motors added a new feature to its OnStar system that allowed law enforcement to remotely slow a stolen vehicle in order to prevent a dangerous high-speed car chase. And yesterday OnStar expanded its Stolen Vehicle Assistance toolset even further with the addition of another new feature called Remote Ignition Block which pretty much does just that.
An OnStar ‘Advisor’ can send a signal to a subscriber’s stolen vehicle which will prevent the vehicle from restarting once the ignition is turned off. Now the feature doesn’t guarantee your ride will get recovered or even prevent it from being stolen in the first place, but like the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown option it can be used to prevent a high speed pursuit and hinder a thief from making a clean getaway with your vehicle. Remote Ignition Block will be available on select GM 2009 and 2010 models in both the U.S. and Canada.