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Speed ​​limiters are coming to all new cars in the European Union • The Register

Speed ​​limiters are coming to all new cars in the European Union • The Register

It’s been a big week for road safety campaigners in the European Union, with Intelligent Speed ​​Monitoring (ISA) technology becoming mandatory in all new cars.

The rules came into effect on July 7 and continue as follows: 2019 decision Making ISA mandatory for all new models and vehicle types launched by the European Commission from July 2022. After two years, the technology should be in place All new cars.

European lawmakers say the rules will ensure safer roads. But they will also contribute to the ever-increasing amount of technology circulating on the continent’s highways. While the EU law has no legal force in the UK, it’s hard to imagine many manufacturers making an exemption for Britain.

So how does it work? Firstly, the speed limit on a particular road can be determined using data from a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and a digital map to find a speed limit. This can be combined with physical landmark recognition.

If the driver is speeding, the ISA system should notify him that the limit has been exceeded, but “should not restrict the possibility of taking action at any time while driving,” according to the European Road Safety Regulation.

“The driver is always in control and can easily override the ISA system.”

According to the regulations, there are four options available to manufacturers. The first two, a gradual acoustic or vibrating warning, are non-invasive, while the last two provide haptic feedback via the accelerator pedal and speed limiter. “Even in the case of a cruise control function, where the vehicle speed would automatically be reduced slowly, the system can be seamlessly overridden by the driver by pressing the accelerator pedal a little harder,” the European Commission said.

RAC road safety spokesman Rod Dennis aforementioned“While it is not currently mandatory for cars sold in the UK to be equipped with Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance (ISA) systems, we would be surprised if manufacturers deliberately excluded this feature from cars they sell in the UK, as this would add unnecessary costs to production.”

This writer has driven a car equipped with the technology, and while it’s unfair to name-shame specific manufacturers, things do get a bit bumpy. Road signs aren’t always interpreted correctly and maps aren’t always up to date, meaning the car will occasionally become convinced that the speed limit is different from reality, and will emit various beeps and vibrations to show its disbelief.

“Anyone buying a new vehicle would do well to learn about ISA and how it works,” Dennis warned, and we would have to agree.

While it is important to understand that the technology is still a driver aid and can be easily overridden, detecting the direction of travel is not difficult.®