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: