New cars could soon be fitted with limiting device that physically stops you from speeding – and it could be compulsory by 2022
ALL new cars could soon be required to have a power-limiting device fitted to physically stop drivers from speeding.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) has called for manufacturers to adopt the technology to reduce the number of traffic collisions across the continent.
Members of European Parliament recently passed a vote on the proposal for all new cars to be fitted with mandatory speed limiting technology, called ‘Intelligent Speed Assist’ (ISA), by 2022.
And it could help to reduce road collisions by as much as 30 per cent, saving around 25,000 lives within 15 years, the ETSC has claimed.
According to a representative from the ETSC, the technology works using a “speed sign-recognition camera and/or GPS-linked speed limit data to advise drivers of the current speed limit and automatically limit the speed of the vehicle as needed.
“ISA systems do not automatically apply the brakes, but simply limit engine power preventing the vehicle from accelerating past the current speed limit unless overridden.”
The limiters will initially be installed with an override switch, where drivers are able to speed up by pushing hard on the accelerator.
This would make the system safer for a driver should they need to briefly accelerate to move out of the way of a hazard.
But if the driver decided to override the system and continued to speed for more than a few seconds, dashboard warnings would appear until the car slowed down to the speed limit again.
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Cars will also be fitted with data loggers to track the success of the system.
And with a significant majority of the UK’s cars coming from Europe, it’s likely the tech will appear on British roads regardless of the Brexit outcome.
The UK’s Vehicle Certification Agency has also previously stated it intends to continue to follow EU rules even after we leave the Union.