New driving laws will see the EU introduce speed limiters in all vehicles in a bid to boost road safety and cut accidents. The system will be known
New driving laws will see the EU introduce speed limiters in all vehicles in a bid to boost road safety and cut accidents. The system will be known as Intelligent Speed Assistance and will signal when a speed limit has been reached.
The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) passed the new scheme last year with the rulers set to be adopted in the UK despite Britain leaving the EU.
The ETSC says the limiters would reduce accidents on roads by a massive 30 percent and could save 25,000 lives over 15 years.
However, the analysis revealed that six in 10 road users were against the law change according to a study by Motorpoint.
Over 1,500 people took part in the major research which identified a lack of interest in target new changes.
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“We still need to guard against an over-reliance on gadgets such as speed limiters when travelling in our cars and need to continue to keep our eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times.”
The technology will use sign-recognition cameras or GPS linked speed limit data to advise users of the current speeds and take control when needed.
The system will not automatically apply the brakes as this could be seen as a greater risk.
But the tool will simply reduce engine power which would prevent road users from accelerating beyond an upper limit
However, other experts have attacked the plans after fears the new technology could lead to “unintended consequences”.
AA President Edmund King has previously warned that the “driver’s right foot” was the best form of speed limiter and not technology.
He warned the new technology may mean drivers travel at the top speed on a road and not slightly slower to account for the environment around them.
Mr King said: “When it comes to intelligent speed adaptation, the case is not so clear. “The best speed limiter is the driver’s right foot.
“The right speed is often below the speed limit – for example, outside a school with children about – but with ISA, there may be a temptation to go at the top speed allowed.”
“Dodgem cars are all fitted with speed limiters, but they still seem to crash.”