New speed limit function added to all new cars
All new cars in Europe will have to be fitted with speed limitation devices.
New speed limit devices will be mandatory for all new cars in the EU.
It comes after a report from the European Transport Safety Council found that 26,000 road fatalities occur each year in Europe, and speed is one of the main reasons for that figure.
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As a result of this research, new speed limit software called the Intelligent Speed Assistance System (ISA) was developed.
The software will be mandatory for all new cars from next year, despite the UK leaving the EU.
The ISA system will use GPS and traffic sign detection to ensure that drivers maintain the speed limit at all times.
Matthew Avery, research director at Thatcham Research, warns that there are limits to technology when it comes to detecting speed:
“Speed signs can often be obscured or inaccurate, while GPS mapping can be out of date. Temporary limits and road works can also disrupt the system.
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“It could result in speeding fines if the system does not raise the limit properly. And drivers will always be responsible, whether or not they trust the system. “
If the system detects that the car is exceeding the speed limit, it sends visual and audible warnings to the driver.
In accordance with EU regulations, the ISA does not forcibly restrict vehicle power or prevent a driver from exceeding speed limits.
The regulations would make it clear that the driver has full control of the car, with the ISA being just an assistance system.
India also made the speed warning feature mandatory on all new cars sold a few years ago. However, it cannot be deactivated or replaced under any circumstances.
The European Transport Safety Council estimates that the technology could reduce road collisions by 30% and fatalities by 20%.
If these predictions prove to be correct, in addition to making the roads safer, there should be fewer auto insurance claims, which could lead to lower premiums.
Many Ford models already use the ISA system, as do Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot / Citroën and Renault cars.
Volvo was the first manufacturer to deploy the system on all of its models.