EU investigates equipping cars with automatic speed limiters

Mr. Hagar, in Europe you can and will drive 55.

In a move to reduce the 30,000 annual traffic fatalities in Europe each year, the European Union is planning to equip cars with technology that senses the speed limit and applies the brakes if the car is speeding.

The scheme would work either using satellites, which would communicate limits to cars automatically, or using cameras to read road signs. Drivers can be given a warning of the speed limit, or their speed could be controlled automatically under the new measures.

EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters (Thanks, Matthew!)

Update: From the Blogs of the European Commission: “The Commission has supported past research into ISA. There is a current stakeholder consultation and study focusing on speed limiting technology already fitted to HGVs and buses. One aspect of that is whether ISA could in the long-term be an alternative. And a second consultation on in-vehicle safety systems in general. Taking account of the consultation results, the Commission will publish in the autumn a document by its technical experts which will no doubt refer to ISA among many other things. That is all. (NB such 'staff working documents' are not adopted by the Commission at political level and have no legal status.) Nothing more is expected in the foreseeable future."

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  1. I don't think it would apply the brakes. More likely it'd prevent the engine from accellerating once the speed limit has been reached, which is how most current governers work. Applying the brakes could cause all sorts of safety problems, and would be a really, really bad idea.

  2. Glitch says:

    Because there's never a situation in which you need to increase your speed to avoid a collision or other dangerous situation. Yup. Unthinkable.

  3. You beat me to it. I think someone made up this story just to try to make Jeremy Clarkson's head explode.

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