The European Parliament is hoping to make speed limiters in new cars mandatory within the next three years.
There have been countless inventions made over the course of the past 200 years. More than we could ever list. But what have been the most significant? That is an extremely loaded question, we know. It is also one that will likely have a different answer depending on who you ask.
If someone gave you the answer car, it would be one that is hard to argue with. It might not have been the most important invention ever, but it is one of the most widely used. According to an estimate by Ward's, there are well over one billion active motor vehicles on the planet. However, as amazing and helpful as the invention of the humble car has been, misuse of it results in the loss of thousands of lives every year.
One of the leading causes of people being killed by cars is speeding. It is estimated that around 1200 people are killed by "excessive and inappropriate" speed in the UK alone, reports Forbes. That stat along with many others is likely what has led the European Parliament to make a number of changes to the rules of the road on the continent.
The biggest change is the ruling made regarding Intelligent Speed Assitance (ISA). An ISA device is effectively a speed limiter. While it is installed in some vehicles already, it is not mandatory and can be disabled. If the European Parliament gets its way, by 2022, all new cars will come with ISA as standard and drivers will presumably be breaking that ruling if they try to override the limiter in any way.
Many of you reading this likely see this as being bad news. Who among us doesn't break the speed limit on a semi-regular basis, often without realizing? Well, with an ISA installed, you won't need to worry as it will no longer be your job to realize. Plus, it has been estimated that rolling out the use of ISA could cut road deaths by 20%. That is a stat which is hard to argue with.