One of the objectives of the European Union is to drastically reduce the number of road accidents, and for this, periodically, regulators impose new rules on car manufacturers. From next year, a new decision of the European Union will enter into force, and this will certainly annoy many drivers.
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Road safety is one of the delicate areas in which the European Union has become involved at the regulatory level in order to force the adoption of measures aimed at saving human lives. It sounds paradoxical, but people are capable of anything for their right to die heroically and stupidly in accidents that could otherwise be prevented. It is one of the reasons why the seat belt is not still loved by all drivers, despite the clear evidence that it saves lives in case of accidents.
Therefore, reducing the number of accidents, but also those killed and injured in road accidents requires a strong hand at the legislative level. This is the area in which the European Union excels, and we have seen, over the years, measures imposed on car manufacturers, including the adoption of driver assistance systems, such as automatic emergency braking. From next year, a new measure imposed “from the center” will become mandatory for car manufacturers, this being the most annoying category for those behind the wheel.
European Union decision that will annoy drivers: How speed limiters will work
Most are familiar with speed limiters, although we do not know many who activate them voluntarily. In recent years, some more sophisticated car models have been equipped with smart limiters as part of the automatic speed control system. They read the speed limits on the road signs and usually pass it on to the driver whether or not to activate these speed limits.
From July 6, 2022, however, such systems will become mandatory for all new models launched. Those that are already approved benefit from a grace period, but from 2024 such systems will become mandatory for all cars sold. The measure had been announced in 2019, but went unnoticed. The problem is that in exactly one year it will become mandatory.
Future car speed limitation systems will use traffic indicators and the GPS signal as information to determine if the car meets the speed limits. Otherwise, the system will emit a series of visual and audible alarms, going as far as feedback in the accelerator pedal, which will “strengthen” to discourage the driver from accelerating.
What problems can arise for drivers with the new speed limiters
According to those who proposed the measure, it will help reduce the number of serious road accidents by a third. We do not know now whether the system will be effective in situations of missing road signs, or atypical ones. There are also situations where the limiter registers the speed limit, but no longer recognizes the limit lift indicator at the end of the road section on which the speed limit applies.
We expect that in this case driving a car with this system will be quite unpleasant, with the Christmas installation on board and annoying acoustic signals. Certainly, many drivers will be annoyed by the new measures.
We do not know yet more details on how this measure will be implemented by manufacturers. On the one hand, if the system can be abused by drivers it will become inefficient in achieving the proposed goal (reducing the number of accidents). On the other hand, if it becomes too annoying we are sure that we will see a black market flourishing for its deactivation, as is the case with seat belt devices.
Source: Promotor by www.promotor.ro.
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