Why Speed Limiting Technology Is Just Around The Corner

Mon 29th Jul 2019

New European legislation which will limit the speed of all new cars from 2022 is easier to implement than first thought says a leading motoring expert.

The Intelligent Speed Assistance systems will be brought into the UK in the next three years and could cut traffic related fatalities by 20 per cent.

And now a new BBC report has revealed that existing technology in cars should make the transition to speed limiters relatively easy. With many modern cars already fitted with assistive technology, Roland Schaefer, a safety expert at Ford of Europe believes it is just a case of tweaking the software within cars.

“If you already have GPS navigation, if you already have a camera on the car, then all you need is software. Quite complicated but still just software,” Schaefer said.

Whilst the motoring industry may be ready to move with Intelligent Speed Assistance, it appears that much needs to be done with the current road infrastructure, with many differing and often confusing elements to actual speed limits causing headaches.

The BBC’s own research found that when their test car drove past two signs giving different speed limits, the technology chose to ignore the signs altogether and Ford’s Schaefer has also highlighted the problem.

He said: "If you have conflicting information, for example your GPS map tells you one thing and your camera tells you another, which do you go with? It's not always possible to be wholly accurate.

"We bring in new technology if we think it can help our customers," he continued. "We don't want to overrule the driver. He must always have the last word.”