If speeding through the Autobahn was on your bucket list, you have one year left to do so. The European Commission is scheduled to implement speed curbing devices on all vehicles starting in 2022.
Back in 2019, the European Commission announced a plan that made gearhead minds explode. Starting in 2022, all new cars would come with devices that try to curb speeding.
The system is called Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) and the idea behind it is that through a GPS and street sign recognition, a car can try to limit a driver’s speed to the speed limit. The European Transport Safety Council notes that when a driver tries to exceed the speed limit, the vehicle can use various methods to slow them down. These range from vibration warnings to audible warnings. ISA can also reduce engine power past the speed limit or even make the accelerator pedal harder to push.
What the actual f**k? The roads in Europe were practically built for speeding, and now the government wants to make everyone drive the speed limit?
If you’re a politician, you need to be able to trust your electorate, and give them the freedom they crave. Sure, some people will drive entirely too fast, and there are mechanisms – like traffic tickets – to hinder those actions. Simultaneously shackling every European is ridiculous, especially in the case of a feel-good measure no one ever asked for.