Intelligent Speed Adaptation Technology
The European Commission might force motor manufacturers to install a system that prevents speeding, the Daily Mail has reported. Why? Because thirty-thousand people die every year on European roads and one-hundred and twenty thousand become disabled. It is thought that enforcing the limit more rigorously might reduce these figures. The system could work in one of two ways. Firstly, a vehicle – that identifies its position on the road via GPS – would receive a satellite signal that confirms the speed limit. GPS, of course, is already fitted to cars that have sat-nav. Option two is to install a forward-facing camera that monitors the road signs, e.g. speed limit thirty miles per-hour. The Intelligent Speed Adaptation system might then have three options for influencing speed. The first could be Advice Mode that tells the driver he/she is travelling to fast via a beep or flashing light. The motorist could then choose to slow down. Select Mode, in contrast, would stop the car speeding by cutting engine power and/or braking. However, this could be overridden if necessary. In contrast, Mandatory Mode would prevent the car exceeding the limit under all circumstances – no exceptions.
Experts Discuss Intelligent Speed Adaptation Technology
The Daily Mail has claimed that the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, “erupted” when the proposal was announced and told officials to “block the moves”. As such, a government source argued that: “this has big brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people’s backs up about Brussels. We are about getting a better deal for Britain - not letting EU bureaucrats encroach further into people’s lives”. Furthermore, a spokesman for the Automobile Association claimed that at low speed a limiter could be dangerous. Why? Because: “if you were overtaking a tractor and suddenly needed to accelerate to avoid a head-on collision - you would not be able to”. In contrast, a European Commission spokesman stressed that: “It is part of the Commission’s job – because it has been mandated to do so by member states, including the UK – to look at, promote research into, and consult stakeholders about new road-safety technology which might ultimately save lives. This is done in close co-operation with member states and the UK has generally supported such efforts.” Drivers must now wait some time to see if this proposal becomes law. Watch this space.