• Aug 15th 2006 at 5:35PM
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The Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) system uses a GPS and mapping system to determine where a vehicle is located and at what speed it's travelling. ISA, which was developed by the Motor Industry Research Association and backed with funds from the U.K. Department for Transport (DfT), was demonstrated last week using a motorcycle. When the driver exceeds the posted speed limit, he or she will receive a two beep warning. Once their speed is 5 mph over the limit, the vehicle seat vibrates as another warning. If the second warning is disregarded, ISA takes over and slows the vehicle until it's at or below the speed limit.
Critics point out the system does not take into account when drivers accelerate out of dangerous situations. Touché.

Cars obeying speed limit despite you

[Source: U.K. Times]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      assimilated. Maybe we should have the speed monitoring.
      (Not serious people - before I get more hate mail)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd never buy any car with such a feature. I already don't like the GM black box.

      As for rushing a patient to the hospital - well call 911 and wait,and wait,and wait... and if they don't respond and the person dies you have millions of lawyers to choose from and a big settlement coming to you $$$
      • 9 Years Ago
      I can't see this system ever actually making it and if it does make it into production cars i can already see the ads in the back of car and driver for chips to remove this "feature"
      • 9 Years Ago
      We are the government. Resistance is futile. You will be assimulated. You will become part of the collective. Independent thought is impossible. Resistance is futile. You cannot escape. Prepare to be assimulated.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The day that a Government makes this mandatory on new vehicles will be the day that I buy an unrestricted, pre-emissions muscle car and stuff it with the lumpiest cam and the loudest exhaust that I can get away with.
      • 9 Years Ago
      SHOTT3R : "Not having complete control over your car is so unsafe as to be laughably asinine."

      I wonder why Americans drive automatics then.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Soon everybody have to drive a brand new car straigth from a car lot to mechanic to remove:
      1. remove alcohol tester coupled with ignition key
      2. remove anti-collision system
      3. remove gps based speed limiter
      4. install forbidden car entertainment center ( you know they distract people , right )
      5. remove black box
      6. remove gps tracking device
      7. remove ABS and TCS
      8. replace automatic GPS tax road tax system computer
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a HORRIBLE idea.

      1 - Not all speed limits make a lot of sense.

      2 - GPS isn't perfect. What happens when you are on the freeway and the system thinks you are on a residential road. Suddenly and for no apparent reason, you slow from 65 mph to 25 mph and get rear ended by the guy behind you.

      3 - There are so many real world situations where it is safer to speed, at least for a short time. To merge safely into traffic. To change into another lane to pass someone that is going 20 mph under the limit instead of slamming on your brakes causing chaos to those behind you. On a 2 lane road while you are passing someone that is going 20 mph under, you speed for a short while to spend the least amount of time in the oncoming lane as possible, etc. etc. etc.

      The bottom line is these things will NOT increase safety.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Don't think of me as Big Brother, think of me as the shepherd keeping an eye on my flock"

      Some random lyrics from a Coldcut album.

      In other words, NO WAY, worst idea EVER!
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's a bad enough idea in general -- but motorcyclists are the LAST category of motorists who should be denied full control of their vehicles. In fact, I'm pretty sure my state's DOT motorcyclists handbook even advises that it is safer to ride at a slightly higher speed than surrounding traffic. Or maybe that was the MSF people.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Very easy answer to systems like these

      Buy older vehicles that do not have them ( Result in value increase of the current super sedans / Hatches / Estates )

      Disable the systems ( Being a True Brit I have absolutely no problems with disobeying Laws i do not consider sensible.

      ( I have noticed most laws over here are introduced almost as if the government want to see if there will be a rebellion and yet the public silently obey them like Sheep and the few like me that constantly disobey them get off absolutely scott free, so i dont mind the Status-Quo, as long as the vast majority keep acting like a herd of cattle, the rest like myself can enjoy ourselves ).
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why is it that on the German Autobahn, there are sections where there is no speed limit, Porches and BMWs going as fast as they want, yet it is one of the safest highways on the planet?

      It's because of the stricter regulations on licensing and instruction. When you are driving, it requires your full attention. Not yakking on the cell phone or futzing with the radio or applying makeup.

      We don't need systems in our vehicles to force us to drive at a certain speed. We need for the drivers to pay attention to driving instead of to everything else.
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