Much as we’d like to emulate our NASCAR heroes, breaking the speed limit often comes at a price. Ford is hoping to prevent accidents and speeding tickets by introducing cars that can see what the speed limit is and preventing heavy-footed motorists from driving any faster. Ford’s Intelligent Speed Limiter tech will first appear on the new Ford S-Max that’s launching in Europe that could just change the way that we drive.
The speed-limiting tech can be activated via the steering wheel and briefly overridden by pressing firmly on the accelerator.
The car company suggests the facility will help drivers avoid fines and could reduce the number of accidents.
However, one expert said the innovation might only serve as a “stopgap”.
“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 at the IHS consultancy.
“This would be part an extension of the networks that will connect vehicles, allowing cars to warn those behind them if they are slowing down, which is all part of a move toward autonomous vehicles that drive themselves.”
Ford’s technology will become available to the public this August, when it launches the second generation of its S-Max cars in Europe.
A spokesman for the US car company said the facility would probably be extended to other models around the world.
The system, which is called the Intelligent Speed Limiter, combines two existing technologies already fitted to many cars:
- Adjustable speed limiters – these use sensors mounted in a car’s wheels to detect how fast it is going. Once software detects the vehicle is at a maximum preset speed, it limits the amount of fuel that reaches the engine, rather than applying the brakes. The system does, however, allow the driver to quickly suspend the restriction by pressing the accelerator pedal to the floor, letting them overtake another vehicle or avoid a collision
- Traffic sign recognition – a forward-facing windscreen-mounted video camera scans the environment for road signs and alerts the driver to their presence. Ford cars previously fitted with this tech are limited to showing corresponding graphics on their dashboard displays.
If a burst of speed is required, however, users can either deactivate the system by pressing a button on the console or temporarily get past it with a hard press on the gas pedal. If the vehicle is coasting downhill and starts to build up speed, the car will sense its motion and sound an alarm to get you braking.
Drivers will be able to set the new system to let them speed at up to 5 mph (8km/h) beyond the detected limit.
“Drivers are not always conscious of speeding… sometimes only becoming aware they were going too fast when they receive a fine in the mail or are pulled over by law enforcement,” said Stefan Kappes, a safety supervisor at Ford.
“Intelligent Speed Limiter can remove one of the stresses of driving, helping ensure customers remain within the legal speed limit.”
Ford noted that in 2013 more than 15,000 drivers in the UK had been issued with speeding fines costing £100 or more and that a motorist in Finland had been fined 54,000 euros (£38,400) after being caught driving 14mph (23km/h) over a 50mph limit.
It hopes that statistics such as this will help encourage consumers to spend extra money on the technology, which it has not included as standard on the basic S-Max model.
It’s not the only bit of new safety tech available on the new whip, either, since deep-pocketed motorists can also get pedestrian detection and collision warnings. That frees drivers up to wonder why any car firm would call a car SMAX and think we wouldn’t notice.
Elsewhere, British computer-chip maker Plessey is developing a car seat that monitors the driver’s heartbeat, which could give the car control if it suspected the motorist was having a heart attack.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Seeing Machines has fitted an eye-movement detection system to several coaches in Europe that sounds an alert if it detects drivers falling asleep.
“Removing the human element is one way to provide safety, but we know that computers go wrong,” he said.
“I suppose there will have to be a point in time when we accept that computer-generated accidents and even potentially fatalities are part and parcel of the greater good. We’ll never get faultless technology.”
Without a doubt, the Antichrist’s world government is officially here. With the ever increasing pace of technological advances, the antichrist marking and tracking system are exploding in every possible way: cars, TV’s, Drones, phones, appliances, clothes, watches, shoes, you name it, its got a tracing device on it or in it!
With the help of modern computer technology like satellites, GPS, biometrics and smart card technology, people can now be tracked anywhere in the world. Even internet social media sites are turning over information to government entities. All of this technology has made it possible to identify and monitor every move a person makes. Indeed, the days of privacy are long gone!
While there is no escaping the “surveillance state” you can control your addictions to technology and not get lured in and too attached to material possessions.The makers have purposefully enticed your addiction to technology, it comes gift wrapped as fun, good, and beneficial, but make no mistake about it, this technology is leading to one converging path, the Antichrist mark of the beast. And all of this should be ominous warning signs! Keep your eyes on the kingdom of heaven!.
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And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not- 2 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV).
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage – 2 Peter 2:19 (KJV).
”..keep that which is avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith…” (1 Timothy 6:20-21 KJV).
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ – Colossians 2:8 (KJV).
“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. ” -Revelation 13:16-17 (KJV).
Let no man deceive you by any means: Satan, Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (KJV).