When there's a baddie running from the cops, it's in everyone's best interest for the police to get the offending driver slowed down and stopped. Exactly how to do that though, can be quite a tricky issue. A PIT maneuver works well when there is plenty of room and no other traffic on the road way. A spike strip can be a good tool to bring a car to a stop as well, but there are plenty of serious issues that arise when the call is made to roll out the strip.
The current system sees the officer deploying the strip at the right time, which puts him far too close to the high-speed action. Things could go very bad for the officer who has to setup the strip. Cars can lose control, or they can veer around the strip and point their machines at the police officer.
There's another system, however that could solve a lot of issues related to the use of spike strips. According to Wired, the inventor of the DynaSpike system was listening to his police officer brother describe the potential perils of using the standard spike system. Eric Spencer decided to create something much smarter, and thus his DynaSpike remote deployable creation came to be.
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Using a wireless remote, the spikes can be put into position with the press of a button. Once the baddie vehicle passes over the strip, another button press brings the spikes back into their locked position, which clears the way for any cops currently on the tail of the vehicle. It takes one second for deployment and one second for retraction.
It seems like a simple solution to an obvious problem, but sometimes the simple solutions don't immediately present themselves. The DynaSpike setup is that solution, however it does come with increased costs. Each unit is around $1,700, and that's three times what the manual spike strip runs a department.