UK first to test Intelligent Speed Adaptation technology

UK first to test Intelligent Speed Adaptation technology

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Transport for London plans to begin a six-month trial of a new technology that will artificially limit the top speeds of taxis, buses and government fleet vehicles in the English capital. Called Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA), the system will keep track of speed limits all over London and prevent operators from accelerating past the legal limit. The device can go further and is capable of slowing the vehicle down regardless of the driver’s desires.

If that’s too much, the system can be switched into an advisory mode that simply informs the driver when the speed limit has been reached. It sounds annoying but if the initial tests are positive it’s likely that the ISA technology will be made available within the next 12 months to private motorists who wish to limit the top speed of their personal vehicles. So far, there’s nothing to indicate that the government will mandate the use of the ISA system.

It’s hoped that a large number of drivers will choose to equip their vehicles with the ISA technology. Transport for London believes that both accidents and road congestion could be reduced by the system, which would in turn have the desirable effect of reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

London street scene

Transport for London plans to begin a six-month trial of a new technology that will artificially limit the top speeds of taxis, buses and government fleet vehicles in the English capital. Called Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA), the system will keep track of speed limits all over London and prevent operators from accelerating past the legal limit. The device can go further and is capable of slowing the vehicle down regardless of the driver’s desires.

If that’s too much, the system can be switched into an advisory mode that simply informs the driver when the speed limit has been reached. It sounds annoying but if the initial tests are positive it’s likely that the ISA technology will be made available within the next 12 months to private motorists who wish to limit the top speed of their personal vehicles. So far, there’s nothing to indicate that the government will mandate the use of the ISA system.

It’s hoped that a large number of drivers will choose to equip their vehicles with the ISA technology. Transport for London believes that both accidents and road congestion could be reduced by the system, which would in turn have the desirable effect of reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

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