Ford Introduces the Intelligent Speed Limiter
has been working on a new technology it calls the Intelligent Speed Limiter. The second generation S-max
set to be released in August will have a dash mounted camera that scans the road ahead for speed limit signs and automatically decreases the vehicles speed if required.
Detected speed limits are shown to the driver via a screen within the speedometer
In the case where no speed limit sign is detected, information can be acquired through its satellite navigation system. Ford claims that this will help facilitate safer driving and reduce the amount of accidents caused by excessive speed.
The Cars Camera Scans the Road Ahead for Speed Signs
If the speed limit is exceeded, fuel is cut to the engine until the car has reached the legal speed limit. If a higher speed limit is detected the system allows the car to accelerate up until it reaches the new limit. Drivers can override the system temporarily by pressing firmly on the accelerator or they can chose to switch the system off completely.
Future developments are set to be introduced where physical speed signs will not be necessary, "There's a plan for speed restrictions to be beamed to your car's computer systems and controlled from there, rather than requiring street sign visual recognition systems," said Paul Newton, an automotive industry analyst.
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