Speed limiters could be launched on UK cars within months under new EU rule

EU: Speed limiters to be implemented from 2022

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The new Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) technology could be on new cars manufactured from July 6, 2022 in a driving law change. It comes after the European Commission reached an agreement to have the technology in all cars sold in Europe.

Despite the UK already having left the EU, it is expected the rule will still apply here.

Most EU driving laws have already been transferred and the production of models is generally similar for ease of manufacturing.

The tool works by using GPS data and traffic cameras to determine the speed limits of each road.

The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) had been pushing for a system that cuts engine power once the legal speed limit has been reached.

However, after industry pressure, the new technology will play an audio warning a few moments after the vehicle exceeds the speed limit.

The ETSC warns there is no research available for the system and expects it to be “much less effective” than the other system.

ETSC research shows the warnings could be annoying to drivers and are likely to be switched off which will have “no safety benefit”.

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of ETSC has previously called on manufacturers to take “full advantage” of the “life-saving” product.

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Last year, he said: “More than 20 years after this technology was first trialled, it is great to see Intelligent Speed Assistance finally coming to all new vehicles in the EU.

“It is a big step forward for road safety.

“However, we are disappointed that carmakers are being given the option to install an unproven system that may have little safety benefit.

“We sincerely hope that carmakers will go beyond the minimum specifications and take full advantage of the life-saving potential of speed assistance technology.

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