We’ll admit it: getting a speeding fine is not fun, and it’s a reminder that you can be a bit stupid sometimes. And more often than not, you’re not angry you did it, you’re just angry you got caught. But now, speeding fines could become a thing of the past if a new Ford’s technology is implemented across all new cars. You see, the new Ford models warn you if there’s a speed camera nearby.
Ford has introduced a new device called the Intelligent Speed Limiter in its latest models and it prevents drivers from exceeding the speed limit by detecting road signs and cameras. While it does have some great benefits such as monitoring the speed limit for the road you’re on and making sure you’re sticking to it, could it be misused?
The driver has to manually set a maximum speed, i.e. for a highway, and the computer system identifies signs or speed cameras that are on the same road and automatically slows the car down to the lower speed limit. With that said, the driver can override the system just by accelerating.
According to Ford Europe safety supervisor, Stefan Kappes, “Drivers are not always conscious of speeding and sometimes only becoming aware they were going too fast when they receive a fine in the mail or are pulled over by law enforcement”. Would you agree?
The Daily Mail reports that the speed limiter works between speeds of 30kmh and 200kmh and the speed is reduced by restricting the amount of fuel supplied to the engine, making deceleration smoother.
So have your say tonight: do you think that drivers should have their car automatically slow them down to avoid a fine? Or should they just stop speeding? Tell us below.