All new cars retailed in Europe and the UK are to be equipped with devices to halt drivers automatically surpassing the speed limit under extensive modifications to vehicle safety standards that the EU has approved provisionally. Though Britain might no longer be a portion of the EU when the norms are implemented, the Vehicle Certification Agency, the UK regulator, has stated it will reflect safety norms in the UK for vehicles.
The speed limiter is among the variety of safety features to be made obligatory from 2022, together with electronic data recorders, automated emergency braking, and enhanced visibility constructed into lorries for chauffeurs to see susceptible pedestrians and cyclists around the automobile. Safety activists called the step as one of the leading revolutions in 50 Years and stated it can save lives of around 25,000 by 2037. The set of measures requires to be sanctioned by the European Parliament that is expected by September.
Dubbed, intelligent speed assistance (ISA), the speed limiter device, utilizes sign recognition cameras and GPS data to sense speed limits where the automobile is traveling and will then sound a notice and decelerate the car automatically if it is surpassing the limit. Nevertheless, drivers will be capable of overriding the device merely by thrusting hard on the accelerator, uplifting some motoring groups that have contended that in specific circumstances—like when attempting to promptly pass an automobile in front—acceleration could be safer.
Likewise, a car firm equal with safety, Volvo, is taking it a leap forward by establishing speed limits on its automobiles. In a declaration, the Swedish carmakers stated imminent prototypes will have a 180kmh (112MPH) limit to assure the optimal usage of the automobiles’ inbuilt safety systems. The step is part of the firm’s Vision 2020 that has the aim of assuring that no one will be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020.