ALL cars sold after the year 2022 in Spain, and the other European Union members, will have built-in “smart speed assistants”.
That means the vehicle will automatically adjust its speed to the limits applicable to the road on which it is travelling.
The move had already been proposed by Spain’s General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) a year ago.
But, for now, the plan is that car drivers will be able to deactivate it if they wish, but drivers of coaches, buses, lorries and vans will not be able to switch off.
It is not yet known when, if at all, European Parliament will opt to make it compulsory for the devices to be activated at all times.
Other “smarts” systems, which all vehicles manufactured from 2022 will be required to have as standard, include advanced-braking systems, distraction warning systems, devices which warn drivers if they are drifting out of the correct lane, reverse detection devices, an interface which stops the car engine from switching on if the driver is over the alcohol limit, an emergency stop signal, and a “black box” to record accident data.
The “smart speed assistant” alone would cut road deaths by 20%, according to the European Parliament.
The European Commission has revealed that in 2018 alone, over 25,000 people were killed in crashes on roads in the 28 member States, and 135,000 were seriously injured.
Jesús Monclús, Spain’s Road Safety and Prevention manager at the Mapfre Foundation, the social action arm of Mapfre insurance, believes that if every car in the country were equipped with a speed assistant, blocking that blocked them from going faster than the limit, around 400 fewer deaths per year would occur.
Some makes and models already have this system in place, including the Ford Mondeo, S-Max and Galaxy, many of which are manufactured at the Valencia province plant of Almussafes.
They have had the system built-in for the last three years, and the Ford Focus is next on the list.
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