EU plans vehicle speed limiters from 2022
Speed limiting technology looks set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold in Europe from 2022, after new rules were provisionally agreed by the EU, ONAreports citing BBC.
Safety measures approved by the European Commission included intelligent speed assistance (ISA), advanced emergency braking and lane-keeping technology.
The EU says the plan could help avoid 140,000 serious injuries by 2038 and aims ultimately to cut road deaths to zero by 2050.
EU Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said: "Every year, 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error.
"With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same kind of impact as when safety belts were first introduced."
The move was welcomed by the European Transport Safety Council, an independent body which advises Brussels on transport safety matters.
But it said it could be several months before the European Parliament and Council formally approve them.
It said the aim was to use a sign-recognition video camera and a GPS-linked speed limit database to help drivers keep to the current speed limit.
"Such a system will limit engine power when necessary to help prevent the driver from exceeding the current speed limit. The system can be overridden or temporarily switched off," it added.
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