Norwegian scientists working on a defensive system to stop car suicide bombers may inadvertently have stumbled on the ultimate Big Brother solution to police pursuits everywhere.
Thousands of people die each year as a result of crashes during police car chases.
The solution appears to lie in electro-magnetic pulse technology.
During World War 2 and its aftermath, one of the things defence scientists quickly discovered is that nuclear explosions created massive electromagnetic pulses capable of stopping anything running on electricity in its tracks. A pulse could overload car ignitions or even aircraft in flight.
The Norwegians have been working on a scaled-down version of EMP technology to create a focused beam weapon capable of bringing cars to a stop, as this clip from NATO TV illustrates:
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