Speeding causes up to 30% of fatalities during road traffic accidents. As a result, the latest proposed changes to EU vehicle law will see ‘intelligent speed assistance’, also known as ISA, devices fitted to all new vehicles.
What is intelligent speed assistance?
ISA is a system which uses built-in road-sign recognition cameras and a GPS-linked speed limit database to alert drivers of their speed. The idea behind the system is to prevent drivers from exceeding the current speed system actively. The technology looks extremely promising in terms of reducing speeding related-deaths. The vast majority of regulations of this nature aim to protect ‘vulnerable‘ road users, such as cyclists and bikers.
When will ISA be implemented?
Due to poor infrastructure, the new scheme will not be implemented any time soon. Currently, road-sign recognition cameras are not reliable. They often give incorrect readings. In addition to this, GPS speed databases are outdated. They are in dire need of reform. As a result, it isn’t likely that we will see any widespread application anytime soon.
Will the new regulations apply to motorcycles?
The short answer: No. Luckily, I if and when the new regulations come into force, they will only apply to vehicles of categories M, N and O. Motorbikes are category L.
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