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Old 06-12-2003, 18:00   #1 (permalink)
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I hope this never happens

Taken from the NZ Herald......

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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.
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Old 06-12-2003, 18:06   #2 (permalink)
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Have they thought about the potential hazards it may cause when people don't realise exactly what's happening or going to happen to their car under this mode set by the car?

It's called selecvtive evidence. You not telling the WHOLE truth but you are telling the truth.

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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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A system like this would never come in, imagine how much revenue the government would lose if no one could speed!
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A system like this would never come in, imagine how much revenue the government would lose if no one could speed!
That would mark end of the Labor Party as we know it!
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I for one would rather walk or take the tram than waste money on a car like that!!
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Old 06-12-2003, 18:36   #7 (permalink)
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Sounds a bit stupid. What if you have to accelerate for safety? Or something like that.
I recon the revenue loss will be a big enough factor to stop it coming in.


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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.

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Mercedes have it all their cars from the c-class upwards, but you can turn it on and off. In the s-class it uses the engine to brake down to the selected speed.

buggered if I would like it.
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i'm gunna keep my EF if thats the case.
i'll rack up 2000000000000000km's before i drive anything with that crap in it.
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