EU: Speed limiters to be implemented from 2022

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The new tool is expected to be fitted to new road cars from July 2022 despite the UK having already left the EU. However, a consultation run by the European Commission has previously warned of possible issues arising from the development of the new tool.

The report said drivers may compensate for a loss of speed by “driving faster” when Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) tools were not active.

They also warned drivers would “forget to slow down” as they would not be completely paying attention when behind the wheel.

Part of the report said: “ISA can result in reduction of attention for the road and traffic situation, when the system is not active.

“This diminished attention expresses itself in, for example, forgetting to slow down when entering a lower speed zone or to accelerate when entering a higher speed zone, but also in forgetting to use the direction indicator.

“It is possible that using ISA could result in the driver completely relying on the speed limit indicated by the system, and insufficiently observing the real-time circumstances.”

The report also added the ISA technology may create a feeling of “frustration” in drivers and other traffic.

The consultation said there was ‘insufficient insight” into the size of the possible negative side effects and any potential consequences.

The EU Commissioners said the findings expressed in the study were of the consultants and did not represent the position of the Commission.

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The tool will work by using sign recognition cameras and GPS radars to detect local speed limits.

The European Transport Safety Council has previously said a full ISA speed limiter system could reduce road deaths by as much as 20 percent.

However, a full system that limits engine power is not expected to be introduced for safety concerns.

Instead, an ISA system will likely only include audio and visual warnings to prompt the driver to slow down.

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