Ford Australia is testing 15 Falcons equipped with an intelligent speed- adaptation system that restricts vehicle speed to the designated local limit. The trial is known as the Safecar Project and is being done with the Victorian state government and Monash University's accident research division. Satellite navigation is used to pinpoint a car's position on a digital road map on which local speed limits are recorded. When the car moves into an area with a different speed limit, say from 100km/h to 70km/h, the new limit is displayed on the instrument panel and the driver is alerted by an electronic beep. If the driver attempts to exceed the limit, a vibration is fed back through the accelerator pedal and and an over-ride in the engine management system prevents further acceleration. Monash University says Safecar has the potential to reduce the risk of death on the road by more than 30 per cent.
This is sheer stupidity. Anyone who has driven a speed limited truck knows the danager of such devices in real life. I am truly scared.
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Well the govenrment just makes it law, just like a 3rd brake light, then eventually you have no choice, but I know of plenty of situations that a right boot helped avoid, so what then, you just end up causing an accident as you cant accelerate out of trouble.
Not a good move, the idea does have some merit, and should be switchable on or off with no feedback.
I did put something here, but it vanshied, I think
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