EU Invokes Anti-Speeding Regulation for New Cars, Focuses on Climate Change
As part of new legislation that went into effect last week, all new cars sold in the European Union (EU) must now be equipped with an anti-speeding device known as intelligent speed assistance (ISA).
CNET claims that automakers are required to deploy one of several ISA technology options that will activate when a motorist exceeds the speed limit.
The vehicle can advise the driver with a visual warning followed by an audible or vibrating warning; the gas pedal can gently press back on the driver's foot, or the vehicle can reduce speed automatically.
According to the EU, the driver can override the latter two functionalities by pressing the gas pedal somewhat harder.
The European Commission said, "The objective is to protect Europeans against traffic accidents, poor air quality, and climate change, empower them with new mobility solutions that match their changing needs and defend the competitiveness of European industry."
Some automobiles contain speeding alerts, but the driver must manually activate them. The EU regulation mandates that the technology operates automatically.
The non-profit European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), which promotes road safety measures in the EU, stated that it welcomes the new law but that the minimum level of a beeping sound is bothersome to drivers and insufficient for safety.
ETSC stated that vehicles could collect false speed data if they are equipped with technologies that estimate speed limits solely by analysing signage with cameras and lack a digital map of speed restrictions.