Drivers warned of new 'speed limiters' being installed in cars from summer

Cars on road
The new technology will prevent cars from going too fast -Credit:Getty Images

Drivers have been warned that from this summer, they could be faced with 'mandatory' speed limiters on vehicles designed to prevent them from going too fast.

Intelligent speed assistance (ISA) could automatically slow a car down if it's travelling too quickly in a bid to makes the roads safer.

Changes could come into force as soon as July 6 this year. And although it will not be mandatory to have it switched on in the UK, the new technology will still be installed in most cars.

Birmingham Live reports that new European Union and Northern Ireland rules mean cars sold in the UK will be required to have ISA fitted - no matter where the car was made.

Graham Conway, managing director at Select Car Leasing, said: “While it might seem like an innocent change to the car’s set-up, doing so could have serious implications.

"A car is fitted with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems like ISA for a very good reason, and a manufacturer could take a very dim view of that technology being bypassed. You could very easily void a manufacturer’s warranty by doing so.”

Dr David Hynd, chief scientist at Transport Research Laboratory, said: “It stops me getting speeding fines. It saves me money on my fuel bill, which is always very welcome. But, best of all, it provides an extra set of eyes, which I find particularly helpful when I’m navigating new places, or the roads are busy.

“ISA gives me head space and that makes me a better driver. On a motorway, I use ISA in conjunction with cruise control, and have been pleasantly surprised by how much less tired I am after a long journey when using this system.”

According to the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), ISA technology could reduce road crashes by around 30 percent.

Mike Hawes, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said: “Some manufacturers have already been offering these technologies to consumers ahead of any regulations, including Intelligent Speed Assistance, and will continue to do so across the UK.

“With the heavily integrated nature of the UK and European automotive sectors, regulatory divergence is not advantageous for either party.”

The Department for Transport says it keeps policies under review to help reduce casualties and it has commissioned research to look at the benefits and implications of these technologies in the UK.

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