Speed-limiting software is set to become mandatory in cars in July in the UK
Called Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), the software has already been implemented by some car manufacturers such as Ford, Mercedes and Renault.
The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) has announced that all new cars to be sold in the UK from July will be required to have speed limit software. Called Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), the software has already been implemented by some automakers such as Ford, Mercedes and Renault, according to BMF. The rest of carmakers will have to make it standard in cars for sale in the UK from July 2022.
The ISA software limits the speed of the car according to the limit in force on the road. If the user is driving in an 80 km/h zone, the car’s top speed will be limited to 80 km/h for that specific zone, however, the BMF notes that the software can also be overridden by the user. “The ISA is part of the General Safety Regulation (GSR) adopted by the EU in October 2021 and includes a number of elements in addition to the ISA, such as automatic emergency braking,” Anna explained. Zee, director of policy and technical services at the BMF.
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As for motorcycles, the ISA will remain an optional inclusion for the time being. This means that motorcycle manufacturers are free to use to implement ISA in their model if they wish, however, for cars it is mandatory.
Given the evolving nature of the automotive industry, it’s only a matter of time before this technology finds its way into bicycles as well, as electric bicycles and scooters become more and more commonplace.
Zee continued: ‘Yes we will see this on cars sold in the UK as there is no law saying they should not be included and manufacturers will get type approval for Europe and supply the same cars in the UK. Road safety bodies such as the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) are keen to see the whole package implemented into UK law – the fact is that the combination of measures included amplifies the benefits of each measure individually. They say selecting only some of the measures will dilute the safety benefits.”
Date of first publication: May 28, 2022, 5:10 p.m. IST