Scientific and Technical Objectives






The final outcome of the project will be the car-stopping EMP/HPM device prototype at a breadboard level that will demonstrate the viability of the technology for the proposed purpose, achieving all the operational, technical and legal requirements. In this context, the scientific and technical objectives are:


• To perform an in-depth analysis of the different missions and use-cases, where the technology is expected to be used. This includes land and maritime missions. The technology could be implemented as a manual tool or as a seaborne or airborne device.


• To define a set of high-level requirements for the different missions and use cases identified in terms of distance of operation, speed of the target, distance to nearby persons and objects and environmental aspects.


• To perform a technology review of the available technology on the market for the generation of EMP/HPM, carrying out an economic assessment of the different options.


• To review what the current electromagnetic compatibility requirements are when applied to the electronic and electrical automotive systems and components in the worldwide context.


• To identify what systems and components of a car are the more suitable to be interfered with and which could lead to slowing down and stopping the car safely.


• To prepare a test bench in a laboratory environment for evaluating the impact of different EMP/HPM signals in the identified items to be interfered with.


• To prepare an EMP/HPM generation bench providing high versatility in terms of the type of signal, frequency, duration and field strength.


• To select and define the most suitable and optimized type of signal to be used for achieving the proposed objective: stopping and controlling a car at distance.


• To assess the impact of the EMP/HPM selected signal regarding human exposure. The solution should be completely compatible with European legislation regarding human exposure to electromagnetic fields. This compatibility will be demonstrated in the project.


• To perform studies on ATEX exposure to electromagnetic fields to ensure that the EMP/HPM signal will not make the car explode as a consequence of the exposure of the petrol tank to these electromagnetic fields.


• To make an assessment by means of a simulated car environment, and inducing the expected failures on the car as a consequence of the EMP/HPM signal, the impact on the driver once the normal behavior of the car is affected – i.e., the human factors. Different situations and environments will be evaluated (i.e. high speed car, high traffic density situations, narrow roads...).


• To design and develop an EMP/HPM car-stopping device prototype achieving all the above requirements and including additional means for a safe controlled use of the device.


• To evaluate and demonstrate the performance of the new device in a realistic scenario (controlled track) on real cars.


• To promote a regulatory framework regarding the use of high power electromagnetic means of interference by security forces