posted 5 years ago

New Cars Prevented From Exceeding Speed Limit

Intelligent Speed Adaptation Technology Explained

The European Union might soon require manufacturers to fit cars with a system that prevents speeding – and drivers are not happy. As such, The Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed that seventy-five percent of its survey respondents believe that Intelligent Speed Adaptation technology could 'compromise safety' and not 'have a positive impact' on safety. Naturally, therefore, the majority do not want it compulsorily fitted to existing cars either. Such technology could work in one of two ways. Firstly, a forward-facing camera could monitor traffic signs as the car passes, e.g. limit thirty miles per-hour. Alternatively, satellites could note the vehicle's position via GPS then transfer the speed limit to its computer. Velocity could then be controlled by (say) limiting the throttle response, cutting engine power, and/or braking. This concept is not as far fetched as some motorists assume. After all, the Ford Focus Mk3 already has a camera behind the windscreen which monitors roadside traffic signs. This then transfers the images to the dashboard as a guide for the driver. Also, the Mercedes-Benz CLS has a speed limiter that can be manually configured. Such systems simply need to be combined/automated so that the driver's input is disregarded should he/she try to speed.

Institute Of Advanced Motorists Survey Results

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has revealed that – despite the scepticism - some people perceive benefits in producing cars that cannot exceed the speed limit. As such, fifty-two percent of the survey respondents claim the technology could reduce the likelihood of a speeding conviction. There might also be less government money spent on traffic calming measures such as sleeping policeman. Interestingly, thirty-one percent said that - if required by law - Intelligent Speed Adaptation technology should be reserved for youngsters, newly qualified drivers, and those with motoring related convictions such as speeding, etc. Motorists must also be convinced that such a system is reliable, accurate, and not likely to excessively increase the cost of new vehicles. This technology would  – if fitted to every new car - represent another step towards the self-driving vehicles that will be common in the relatively near future. After all, today's cars automatically change gear, automatically maintain speed via cruise control, and automatically brake should the driver not respond to a hazard. And these features are not reserved for prestigious machinery - far from it. Brace yourself. The future is coming.


The greatest danger here is that a car could be prevented from overtaking quickly when this was necessary to avoid traffic from the opposite direction.Surely this could easily lead to a head-on collision in some cases.

I have a mercedes with the camera system, it gets confused at places where roads divide with different limits, or when you pass a lorry with limit markings on the rear. The GPS way will just let manufacturers gouge you for constant updates. A solution is barcodes on the road surface, you could even have special barcode incorporating gps info at the entrance to tracks to delimit cars on track days. None of this wil happen because govt want the income and a parasite will not kill its host.

The technology isn't new, but whether it should be compulsory, or whether it would contribute to road safety are other considerations which have yet to be proved advantageous. I remain sceptical. One of my vehicles is already limited to 70mph, but in France I can legally drive at 80mph. When halfway past a vehicle which I've been gaining on quite rapidly, the driver then accelerates - even to the same speed as me - my safety and that of others is compromised.