The European Commission has mandated that every new car must have speed limiters and dataloggers from 2022. This comes with the EU General Safety Regulation. The new 2019/2044 regulation also requires all new cars to be fitted with an Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) by July 2024. While the UK is no longer in the EU, it will still comply with the new regulation. The plan should keep cars from going too fast and ensure better road safety for everyone.
Speed limiter will be a legal requirement for all new cars from 6th July 2022
The new systems will be mandatory for all new models given 'type approval'. All models in the market before that date will have to be updated by 7th July 2024. With the recent confirmation of the UK's adoption of the technology came interesting news from the Department for Transport. Stating that it expects limiters "to give drivers feedback when the speed limit is exceeded rather than limiting the speed" with a reduction in engine power as previously understood.
There is already movement among car manufacturers to increase road safety. Some are now offering factory-fitted ISA devices in some of their vehicles. First, Volvo set a 112 mph limit on their cars. Now, the manufacturers using ISA devices also include Citroen, Ford, Honda, Jaguar and Peugeot. In addition, Renault Group announced that all Renault and Citroen and Dacia cars coming out will have an 'automatic speed limit adjuster' and a 112mph cap as standard.
What's not always obvious. Speed limiters are a step forward towards self-driving cars in the UK.
What exactly is a speed limiter?
Speed limiters are special safety devices that prevent you from exceeding the speed you set for yourself in your car. This is different from cruise control, which maintains a constant speed and eliminates the use of the accelerator. Instead, speed limiters allow you to accelerate and decelerate as if there were no restrictions at all, so long as you don't exceed the set speed limit.
How does the speed limiter work?
There are two types of speed limiters: adjustable and intelligent.
Adjustable speed limiters can be adjusted depending on the driver's preference. Still, they're not as good at knowing the driver's habits and patterns and need to be changed manually when the speed limit changes.
Intelligent Speed Assistants (ISA) are smarter, and that's for a very good reason. They use GPS data and traffic recognition cameras to determine the speed limit of the road you are driving on. Then, the engine power of your car is matched to the speed. Thus, you never exceed the speed limit so that you always comply with the law.
If you want to go faster than the limit, you can override the system by pressing hard on the accelerator. However, the speed limiter will display a visual warning and send series of warning sounds every few seconds until you go back to driving within the limit. The system will reactivate every time you start the engine.