Terror attacks can happen anywhere, at anytime, to anyone. They usually yield devastation and destruction, and they're incredibly hard to stop.

With thousands of people working very hard to figure out how to do just that, however, scientists working for NATO may have found a system to help curb some vehicular-based suicide bombing attempts.

The technology is based around sending out an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, which causes electronic devices to stop working and shut down. A car may not seem like an electronic device, but, in fact, it's packed with electronic devices and, of course, uses one large battery.

When hit with an EMP, a car will lose power--and there's not a thing the driver can do about the situation.

Scientists have fitted a prototype EMP device into the back of a Jeep Grand Cherokee to demonstrate its effectiveness. The journalist in the video shown above drives towards his "target," but he doesn't quite make it--because his car begins to lose power thanks to the device.

The scientists also show the EMP can work while the Jeep is moving, and it also can be used to stop aquatic vehicles--such as the wave runner simulating a terror threat.

It's a slick bit of tech that's packed neatly into the back of the Jeep. From the outside, you probably couldn't tell there's anything special waiting under the skin. Inside, however, is a non-lethal means of potentially saving the lives of many individuals by thwarting future suicide bombing attempts.

Science is a wonderful thing.

Until the other side gets hold of it too, of course.


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