Ford Motor Company is launching a new technology that could help prevent drivers from exceeding speed limits - both when driving in their own country and abroad. Breaking the speed limit can be costly in terms of fines, and driving bans, as well as playing a significant role in many road accidents. Drivers have for some time been able to set a maximum speed for their vehicle. Now Ford's all-new S-MAX sports activity vehicle - equipped with Intelligent Speed Limiter - can help ensure the maximum speed is automatically adjusted to remain within changing speed limits. "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," said Stefan Kappes, active safety supervisor, Ford of Europe. "Intelligent Speed Limiter can remove one of the stresses of driving, helping ensure customers remain within the legal speed limit." Drivers activate Intelligent Speed Limiter via … [Read more...] about New Ford tech helps prevent drivers exceeding speed limits
Worried about your children speeding on the roads? Ford has a solution for you. The company has developed a new control key system for its cars. The system has been named as MyKey which can used for limiting the speed of the cars. The system requires a interfacing between the computer system on board of the car and the special keys developed by Ford Motors. This interfacing has the ability to restrict the speed of the drivers. So how does this whole system work? The solution might sound simple yet it is a complex technology. One car would use different keys. The car’s system would recognize the different keys and then the car’s settings are adjusted based on the owner’s requirements. Thus, the system can be set for a particular limited speed for the key that your children would be using. When they key in using that key, the car would not go beyond the set speed limit. Reckless driving is one of the major concerns these days. This is seen more among the youngsters who … [Read more...] about Ford Develops Special MyKey For Speed Limit
The Indian government is all set to revise the maximum speed limit for each category of vehicles including cars, heavy vehicles and motorcycles plying on roads across the country. The revision comes 25 years after the previous speed limits were decided and in the wake of new and developed infrastructure that offers better connectivity. The Road Transport and Highways ministry had last notified speed limits in 1989, when highway development had not kicked off and now with new and paved roads, highways and even expressways along with the increased population of vehicles, the revision was long due. The new speed limits will be put into effect very soon. As per revision regulations, the speed limit for passenger cars with a seating capacity of 8 or less is 100 km/hr, while vehicles with a seating capacity of more than 8 seats will have to ply at a speed of 80 km/hr. For goods carriers and heavy vehicles, the speed limit has been set to 80 km/hr, while motorcycles have received the biggest … [Read more...] about Government To Increase Speed Limits, To Cancel License For Smoking
We all know what kind of nuisance it can be to have trucks and buses blocking the roads. Moreover, the sheer annoyance is the lack of driving skills and the perpetual habit of over speeding that is not only outright dangerous, but a common reason for most accidents on highways. However, trucks and buses play an important role in the trade and commerce sector, but also need to be curbed down for road rage. Understanding the gravity of the issue, the Indian government has now proposed to make speed limiters mandatory on all-new trucks and buses effective from 1st October, 2014. According to the road transport and highways ministry’s new draft of rules to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989; every transport vehicle manufactured on or after 1st October will be equipped or fitted with a speed limiter that will restrict the maximum speed of the vehicle at a pre-set 80 km/hr. The speed limiter shall be either factory fitted by the manufacturer or dealer fitted, before the … [Read more...] about Speed Limiters Mandatory On New Trucks Buses From October 2014
The government of India has finally revised the speed limits for vehicles plying on Indian roads after a long period of 25 years. All these years, national highways in India have not had any official speed limits for cars. According to the new rules, cars can travel at a maximum speed of 100 km/hr while bikes are allowed to go at 80 km/hr. However, the city police will have the power to set specific speed limits for local roads where speeding would be considered dangerous. Hence, while the above speed limits will be applicable on all highways, the deputy commissioners and police will chalk out specific limits for each locality. With the new norms coming in force, vehicles like buses that carry nine or more passengers will be able to travel at a maximum speed of 80 km/hr while vehicles that are used to carry goods will also be able to travel at similar speeds of 80 km/hr. In the past, buses and trucks had a speed limit of 65 km/hr and for bikes it was 50 km/hr. Apart from increasing the … [Read more...] about Government Increases Speed Limits For Cars & Bikes After 25 Years
The government will now put your name and photograph in the newspaper in addition to issuing a hefty fine if you are caught over-speeding under the new draft of Road Transport and Safety Bill. While obituaries are the easiest way to get your name and photograph in the newspaper (if you don’t believe in doing something substantial or overly paying the media folks for a front page news), the government has now devised a new plan to make sure that your photo appears in the paper without much effort. Don’t get all excited though, the proposed plan is part of the ‘name and shame’ route that the Indian government has proposed to reduce the incidents of over-speeding across the country. As per the new draft of the Road Transport and Safety Bill, those caught over-speeding will not only pay a hefty fine, face suspension or cancellation of the driver’s license, but their names and photos will also be published in the newspapers by authorities. The authorities … [Read more...] about Indian Government Plans To Embarrass Over-Speeding Drivers
The transport department has ordered transport vehicles such as trucks, buses, dumpers and mini buses to install speed governors thereby limiting their speed to 80 km/hr.. The road transport ministry has gone all out to impose strict rules for transport vehicles by making speed governors compulsory for all transport vehicles like trucks, buses, dumpers and mini buses, limiting their speed to 80 km/hr. New transport vehicles will have to install the speed limiters from 1st October 2015, whereas, all existing vehicles will need to install the devices by 1st April 2015. According to the recent notification, a maximum speed of 60 km/hr will be allowed in school buses, dumpers and vehicles carrying hazardous goods. However (rather obviously), this rule is not applicable for all vehicles that are used by the police, fire department, all ambulances and those vehicles that are nine-seaters (including the driver), none of them will be thereby asked to install speed … [Read more...] about Transport Vehicles To Get Speed Limiters From 1st October 2015
In the interest of revamping the present transport system in the country, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed to increase the maximum speed of vehicles on Indian expressways. The Central Government is planning to step up the top speed limit to 130-140 km/hr. It will promote faster transportation on quality roads. The current speed limit of 100 km/hr on expressways (it’s only 80 km/hr on the Mumbai-Pune expressway while the Ring Road in Hyderabad has a limit of 120 km/hr) in India is very low as compared to expressways throughout the world. Nitin Jairam Gadakri, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, at an investors’ summit in Gurgaon, expressed his concerns over the development of Indian Expressways and National Highways. According to him, expressways have a separate pursuit and have to be dealt accordingly for decent mobility. In his address, he ensured standard safety measures for the vehicles on the road. Gadkari also proposed to minimise … [Read more...] about Speed Limit In India Could Increase To 140 km/hr | MotorBeam
The Road Transport Department (JPJ) aims to reduce the rate of road accidents with the implementation of speed limiters on express buses, according to a Bernama report. “We have directed that all newly registered buses be installed with speed limiters from January next year. Old buses are given five years as it involves cost. By 2020, all express buses will have speed limiters,” said JPJ director-general Datuk Nadzri Siron. This follows transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai’s urging for bus companies to install speed limiters in their buses, and stressed that they have one year to comply or face suspension, especially since the ruling was already in place and should have been implemented, he said last month. When asked at a press conference to explain the mechanism of the speed limiter, Nadzri said it was being studied by the JPJ, and that it is considering an allowance of 10% above the planned 90 km/h imposed limit to allow for overtaking. The upper speed … [Read more...] about Speed limiters for all express buses by 2020, says JPJ
In a move to ensure motorists are responsible on the roads, the Northern Territory government in Australia will be expanding its open speed limit zones, this effectively means that it is doing away with speed limits, CarAdvice reports. Is this reverse psychology or what? An open speed limit trial began in February 2014 with much success, there were fewer accidents in sections where the trials took place and the 130 km/h zones. Now, another 60 km stretch of the Stuart Highway, north of Alice Springs to the Ali Curung rail overpass will have its speed limit lifted. Northern Territory chief minister Adam Giles said “the expansion of open speed limit zones is part of the Country Liberals’ commitment to give back responsibility to the individual.” He added that based on traffic data, 85% of drivers were travelling within the 133 km/h to 139 km/h range during the trial, just slightly over the 130 km/h speed limit. The new 60 km stretch is in between the other two zones … [Read more...] about Northern Territory government in Australia lifts speed limits to ensure that drivers drive safely on highways
Here’s something that’ll absolutely delight all you speedsters. Bernama reports that the government is mulling with the idea of installing speed limiting devices in all vehicles, “all” being an all-encompassing term here – think along the lines of passenger cars and motorcycles, not just commercial vehicles. The proposal – aimed at being a measure to curb the growing number of road accidents and fatalities – would see a maximum speed of 110 km/h defined by the limiter, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah said. “Limiting the speed of all vehicles is a suitable method to reduce road accidents in the country,” he said, adding that it would be in line with the law in Malaysia to set a maximum speed limit of 110 km per hour. “If this can be implemented, then we will become the first country in the world to limit vehicle speed car based on speed limits in accordance with national … [Read more...] about Go no faster than 110 km/h – government mulling idea of installing speed limiting devices on all vehicles
Spain has taken an unusual method to counter high and rising oil prices – slash the national speed limit! The Spanish government has lowered the 120 km/h national speed limit by 10 km/h to 110 km/h, which they say will save 15% on fuel bills. The move is temporary, and will stay in place until the end of June at the earliest. Deputy prime minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said: “We are going to go a bit slower and in exchange we will consume less petrol and pay less money.” The José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero government also introduced other measures, which include cheaper train travel and subsidies for energy-efficient light bulbs and low-rolling resistance car tyres. Needless to say, the move is not universally popular with Spaniards. Naturally, the fastest man from Spain isn’t too happy. “I don’t support this measure. There are other much more effective measures to reduce fuel consumption than this one. At 110 km an hour, it is even … [Read more...] about Affected by high oil prices, Spain slashes its speed limit!
It was suggested at yesterday’s Dewan Rakyat session that the speed limit of highways should be increased from the current 110 km/h up to 150 km/h. According to Lumut MP Haji Mohamad Imran, the cars driven by Malaysians these days were of high quality and had the ability to traveling at high speeds. The MP proposed that for the typical three-lane highway, the left lane be limited to 110 km/h, while the middle lane could be limited to between 110-130 km/h and the right lane be limited to 130-150 km/h. The Deputy Works Minister Datuk Rosnah bt Hj Abd Rashid Shirlin replied that the current speed limits are 110 km/h on highways, 90 km/h for both inter-city roads as well as federal roads. These speed limits were set according to various factors such as road geometry, traffic flow density and accident risk. Datuk Rosnah added that there are many other factors that can come into play such as whether a location is approaching a toll plaza, an interchange, an uphill or downhill section, … [Read more...] about MP suggests higher speed limit for highways to progress towards becoming a developed nation?
For over two years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been considering new rules that would require speed-limiters on future trucks and buses over 26,000 pounds. Unsurprisingly, many truckers dislike the proposal. NHTSA says that between 2004 and 2013, over 1,000 people died each year in collisions involving heavy vehicles on roads with speed limits of 55 mph or higher. The agency estimates that up to 214 lives could be saved annually by limiting those vehicles to 65 mph. At 68 mph, the estimate of lives saved drops to 98. Others argue that NHTSA's proposal is misguided and could actually cause an increase in highway fatalities. Interestingly, the most vocal opponents of the measure haven't been trucking companies but individual drivers. Who's right? It's a complicated issue, one that requires thoughtful weighing of facts, including: 1. Speed may be less dangerous that differences in speed: There's no doubt that crashes at higher speeds are more dangerous than … [Read more...] about Should big-rigs be speed-limited?
Is Social Security the third rail of politics? Perhaps. I don’t know a single politician who ever got elected by telling his constituents, “Let’s cut Social Security expenditures to seniors.” That would almost be like trying to become the CEO of a company by telling the senior executives, “You know… we get paid far too much for the work we do. Let’s cut our pay and while we’re at it, reduce our executive pension programs.” In a similar vein, raising speed limits tends to get a similar reception with most county and city governments. The lost revenue. The safety issues. The ‘children’. When discussing this idea in any public meeting, you’re likely to get little more than a combination of glazed eyes and hard stares from city officials. But it’s a bit different in Bricklynn. That’s because Bricklynn’s citizens are a bit more involved in their town’s decision making than usual. You won’t … [Read more...] about Bricklynn and Civitown: Speed Limits (Pt. 1)
Here in America, there's been plenty of talk about mandating speed-limiters on big-rigs. Supporters of such regulations point to Ontario, Canada, where, as NPR reports, the benefits of speed-limiters are beginning to pay off. Auto fatalities and 18-wheelers On Friday, we wrote about U.S. traffic fatalities--specifically, about why the country's fatality rate is so much higher than those of other developed nations. Because auto-related deaths are a public health issue, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weighed in on the matter, identifying three of America's underlying problems: failure to use seatbelts and other restraints, the frequency of drunk driving, and our tendency to speed. Seatbelts and drunk driving aren't especially controversial issues. Yes, there are some who believe they have the right to die in their cars if they want--and presumably, take others with them--but most sensible people understand that using seatbelts and not driving while hammered are in … [Read more...] about Ontario mandated speed limiters for heavy trucks; crashes fell
Announced yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the proposal would limit vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,000 pounds or more to 60, 65, or 68 miles per hour. Other speed limits could be considered, but that’s up to the public to debate. The government claims the proposed rules could save $1.1 billion in fuel costs each year, as well as reduce traffic fatalities. “This is basic physics,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind in a news release. “Even small increases in speed have large effects on the force of impact. Setting the speed limit on heavy vehicles makes sense for safety and the environment.” Carriers operating commercial vehicles on U.S. interstates would be required to maintain the speed limiters for the service life of the vehicle. The three proposed speed limits fall below that of most interstates, except for seven Northeastern states, Alaska and Hawaii. Other countries and jurisdictions have already … [Read more...] about Federal Government Pushes for Speed Limiters on Trucks and Buses
In his capacity as the former head of the MSP’s Traffic Services Section it was Lt. Gary Megge’s job to eliminate speed traps set up by local municipalities. A few years ago Megge told the Detroit News, “I’ve spent eight years in traffic services, and I was a crash reconstructionist for five years before that, so I’ve seen my share of fatal wrecks, and I can tell you: Deaths are not caused by speeding. They’re caused by drinking, drugs and inattentiveness. The old adage that speed kills just isn’t realistic. The safest speed is the speed that is correct for that roadway at a given time. A lot of speed limits are set artificially low.” The state police were one of the groups who backed, against the lobbying of municipalities, a change in Michigan law that required speed limits to be set based on actual traffic data and engineering studies. That law, Public Act 85 proposed to set limits based on what is known as the 85th percentile rule, a … [Read more...] about Michigan State Police Say Most Speed Limits are Too Low
Editor’s Note: The following was originally written by Jim Walker for the National Motorists Association blog, and has been republished with permission from the NMA. I have worked closely with the Michigan State Police for several years in their pursuit of correcting as many Michigan posted speed limits to the correct 85th percentile speed level as possible. Yes, we have a very enlightened state police administration that wants to see posted limits set for safety, not revenue. I have testified before Michigan legislative committees in support of the State Police to help explain the science involved, helped to nominate the key officers for a Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Committee Award which they won in 2006, and helped the police find areas of state trunk line routes (numbered highways) which should be re-surveyed because the posted limits were set far below the normal speeds of traffic. In late 2006, the state police came to Ann Arbor and did speed studies on several … [Read more...] about The Effect Of Speed Limits On Actual Travel Speeds
There I was, flying down a German autobahn in a VW Phaeton, bumping up against the car’s electronic limiter. I glanced at the rear view mirror and moved over. A modified M5 streaked by at over 180mph. I say modified because BMW is part of a “gentleman’s agreement” hammered out in the 70’s, when Germany’s Green Party wanted to impose speed limits on de-restricted autobahns. Mercedes, BMW and Audi all agreed to limit their products’ top speed to 155mph. The idea that other countries could build automobiles capable of cresting 250kph somehow escaped everyone’s attention. As, eventually, did the entire speed limit issue. At the time of the agreement, the majority of the automobiles plying Germany’s highways weren’t particularly clean or mind-numbingly fast. Some thirty years later, the tailpipe emissions produced by Germany’s increasingly modern automotive fleet are virtually sterile. And there’s hardly a new vehicle … [Read more...] about German Speed Limits: I Can’t Drive 155