Speed limiters: are they a good idea?

Enlarge Image New cars sold in Europe from 2022 will be required to have many more safety features as standard.                  Mercedes-Benz

Next steps. The political agreement reached by the European Parliament, Council and Commission in the trilogue negotiations is now subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council.The new safety features will become mandatory from 2022, with the exception of direct vision for trucks and buses and enlarged head impact zone on cars and vans, which will follow later due to the necessary structural design changes.

ISA uses a speed sign-recognition video camera and/or GPS-linked speed limit data to advise drivers of the current speed limit and automatically limit the speed of the vehicle as needed.

The provisional regulation has also been welcomed by road safety groups.

The European Commission, Parliament and Council have approved legislation to make a raft of safety features, including intelligent speed limiters, breathalyser interlocks and driver safety monitors, standard on vehicles starting from 2022.

The plans, set out by the European Commission in May 2018, were signed off by politicians from EU countries in the European Parliament and European Commission on Monday night.

Avery also cited the value of intelligent speed assistance systems but added that he feels it's important the European Union has ruled such systems must be overridable, saying: "Drivers like the vehicle to know what the set limit is but also like to have ultimate control of their vehicle's speed".

Negotiators from the European Parliament and European Commission agreed with representatives of EU Member State governments earlier this week on the final shape of the regulations first announced by the European Commission in May previous year. Speed limiters have a role to play but on their own can not eliminate all crashes.

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It was initially reported that cars would be automatically forced to slow down to avoid breaking the law, but it's since been made clear that this is not actually the case.

According to the BBC, some of this ISA technology is already being used by several auto manufacturers including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot-Citroen, Renault and more.

"Intelligent speed assistance systems are expected to give drivers feedback when the speed limit is exceeded rather than limiting the speed, much like satellite navigation does now", a spokesperson for the UK's department for transport told the BBC. If the vehicle is above the limit, the auto sounds a warning and automatically reduces its power to slow down.

Included in the proposed changes are new onboard "Electronic Data Recorders" which save vehicle data in the moments before a crash.

It is hoped the use of speed limiters will help to reduce road accidents.

"Every year 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads", said Elzbieta Bienkowska, the European Commissioner responsible for internal market and industry. In fact, it's not now impossible to get a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating without AEB fitted as standard. Not every driver will need to use this to start their auto, only repeat drink-drivers and prolific offenders.

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