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POLL: Should speed-control technology could become compulsory in all new cars?
21 September 2018 @ 11:54

TRAFFIC authorities in Spain are considering making speed-limiting technology obligatory in all newly-manufactured cars in a bid to reduce crash deaths on roads.

Leader of the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT), Pere Navarro believes that the system preventing a car from travelling above the speed limit – a device that already exists – could prevent up to 400 fatalities a year by cutting serious accidents by at least 20%.

But whether or not this technology becomes compulsory for new vehicles, Navarro says it is 'probably a good idea' to review and increase the number of speed limit signs, since it is not always clear what the permitted maximum is.

The 'smart-speed' system, according to the DGT boss, was the subject of a research project in Norway in 2014 and found to be the 'most efficient' at saving lives.

In fact, it could be the 'most important feature, after the air-bag' at doing so, Navarro believes.

He says road crash deaths have been steadily climbing in Spain for the last four years, and reveals that 77% of fatalities happen on secondary highways rather than motorways.

Of all deaths recorded, 36% are caused by the car veering off the road and 28% by head-on smashes – and even where the proximate cause of these are alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction, the speed of the vehicles involved makes a difference as to the outcome.

“The faster the cars are travelling, the worse the accident tends to be,” Navarro points out.

These observations were made during the MAPFRE Foundation's latest road safety conference, jointly organised by the European Council for Transport Safety and the DGT.

Head of Accident Prevention and Road Safety at high-street insurance company MAPFRE, Jesús Monclús says the 'smart-speed' system reads the limit signs on roads and adjusts the car's speed accordingly if it is travelling faster than this, as well as preventing the vehicle from getting too close to the one in front – even activating the brake if necessary.

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[SOURCE : https://www.eyeonspain.com/blogs/spainnews/18595/speed-control-technology-could-become-compulsory-in-spanish-cars.aspx]

 

 

 



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DJF42 said:
21 September 2018 @ 12:37

As well as speed control technology there should a clamp down on drivers driving along with their left arm out of the window which means one hand inside the car has to operate gears, use turn signals, steer. Get my drift, no wonder cars veer off the road and few drivers indicate their intentions.
Nationwide education on the subject of air conditioning is required, it does not use a vast amount of extra fuel, (which is the general conception), in fact, having your arm out of the window and other passenger windows open uses more fuel, as the aerodynamics of the car are greatly compromised.


pommers said:
21 September 2018 @ 16:32

Whilst speed limiting technology prevents idiots from speeding, it can have it's disadvantages. It stops you accelerating to go above the speed limit should you need to get out of the way of another vehicle if you need to.
This helped saved my life once when an idiot pulled out. I accelerated out of his way. If I'd braked I would have hit him AND probably would have been rammed up the back by the lorry behind me.


Marksfish said:
21 September 2018 @ 20:04

I agree with pommers. That said, some cars these days are capable of reading speed signs and notifying the drivers. As with all automated processes, there has to be a manual override.


Horace said:
06 October 2018 @ 11:39

Spain needs to sort out its speed limit signs first. Where I live there are many roads where limits change from 90 to 80 to 70 to 60 over a very short distance for no apparent reason, no bends, no junctions and then the end of limit sign is not posted. My cars reads the signs and I am often left in a 30 restriction for many kilometres.

Better enforcement of existing regulations would eventually lead to higher driving standards.


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