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Rapid Access Information Database (RAID) for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders (LE/ER)

Key Existing Weaknesses:

      Vehicle manufacturers' navigation/communication option include GPS but theft recovery is NOT among the touted features like easy navigation, voice communication, fluids and tire pressure, entertainment, and reminders that periodic maintenance checkups are due.

      Reports indicate that  one manufacturer's procedural steps take several hours before GPS tracking can begin and another manufacturer has taken days before tracking began.   When the owner of a vehicle with a manufacturer installed GPS reports a vehicle theft:    a) LE inquires if the vehicle is GPS equipped then confirms "navigation" is active;            b) If both answers are YES, LE instructs the owner to contact the vehicle manufacturer, satisfy the manufacturer's call desk about the caller's identity, verify their GPS is functional, and owner gives their permission to work with LE to recover vehicle;                  c) vehicle owner then gets contact instructions from the manufacturer to pass on the LE; d) vehicle owner re-contacts LE and provides instructions for contacting manufacturer so GPS tracking can begin on the vehicle.  Thieves are long GONE by now!

      The 15+ aftermarket add-on GPS systems do not have streamlined processes and/or the staffing for rapid police support.  Many of these units just plug into an under dash socket.

      Many vehicles built in the last 10-15 years reportedly include GPS but it is not functional because owners will not pay the $150-$300 annual fee or used car owners aren't aware.

      Other market offerings, like LoJack, et al., cost $700-$900 and only broadcast their RF signal about 3-5 miles. This requires special RF equipment typically found in only a few police cars, if at all, and hand held countermeasures can readily jam LoJack's signal.

      Organized crime in border areas and cities steal vehicles as a business, even taking orders for specific vehicles.  They are gotten free, chop-shopped by illegal aliens for high demand parts and systems then parts resold for more than the cost of the new vehicle.

      Some vehicle owners worry that LE will "spy on them" if GPS tracking exists but such capability already resides with the manufacturers via the navigation package option.