Log In

Reset Password

An example of speed-limiting technology at play

Dear Sir,

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote to you concerned about the behaviour on our roads and the crashes caused primarily by speed. People I met in the street commented favourably, but nothing more. I had hoped it might generate some discussion, but no interest to date.

I now write to include parts of an article I read today (May 19, 2024).

Almost 30 years ago, a revolutionary idea changed the way Europe regarded road collisions. It has probably saved countless lives, but it has yet to be fully accepted by politicians.

In 1995, a serious crash occurred on the E4 motorway near Stockholm, Sweden. Five young people were travelling in a hatchback car when the vehicle went into a roll near the exit ramp for the Ikea store. The car smashed into a concrete structure supporting a street light by the side of the road, and all five passengers were killed.

“I am rather sure they were speeding, and as it was wet, they probably aquaplaned,” says Claes Tingvall. Almost 30 years on, he struggles to remember all the details — but he is sure about one thing: “The car was a three-door Peugeot 205 GTI, red.”

The above is the introduction. The following paragraphs are fast-forward extracts to where we are at now.

“At the same time, speed-limiting technology is approaching a point of great life-saving power. All new cars sold in the EU now come with Intelligent Speed Assistance as standard. Vehicles identify the speed limit on a stretch of road and either cut engine power if the car is speeding or give an audible warning. Drivers can override the function, or deactivate it altogether, but their actions will be recorded on a ‘black box-type’ device.

“In time, cities will have the opportunity to ‘geofence’ sensitive areas like schools to slow all motorised traffic down — something that effectively happens already with London buses, which are fitted with speed-limiting technology. Such a move would provide the ultimate example of transport authorities taking back responsibility for road safety.

“Of course, you need courage — a lot of courage,” says Tingvall. “The courage for someone in public authority to say, ‘This is where I draw the line between listening to politics, listening to science — and also human rights.’”



You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published May 23, 2024 at 7:59 am (Updated May 23, 2024 at 7:26 am)

An example of speed-limiting technology at play

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon