thelawnet wrote:This seems like lies, in that anyone who has ever looked at the options list for new cars will see that 'speed limit sign recognition' is already a selling point for cars, and not at all 'anti-motorist' - in fact it helps in that if you are in say a 40mph zone, it will tell you, rather than braking to 30mph when you see a camera ahead on the off chance you didn't see the sign.
There are no speed limiters at all, just a better form of cruise control.
This (though this could of course be a step to bringing in actual speed limiters in the future).
The real issue is not the 'speed limiter', but the black box. These are already feared by new drivers in that if you go out at the wrong time, or don't drive very gently, they will cancel your insurance.
Whereas with normal insurance you can drive how you like.
One presumes that the black box data will be automatically used in accidents, which can only be a good thing, so that leaves the question of whether it will routinely be required by insurers, and hence the insurers would take over road policing in large regard. I doubt it somehow but who knows?
And this to the max.
thirdcrank wrote:Perhaps some of us have paid too little attention to European elections.
All of us, for various reasons.
The speed limiters in HGVs and PCVs, which are actual speed limiters rather than the warning/cruise control systems known as Intelligent Speed Adaptation, were originally a UK idea. They were then taken up by the EU and made compulsory Union-wide at common EU speed limits, 90km/h for HGVs and (I think) 100km/h for PCVs, compared to 60mph and 70mph in the UK legislation. But yes, the idea was taken from the UK.