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New EU Rules Will Put A Speed Limit on Every Single Car on UK Roads, Despite Brexit

Mandatory safety standards to be rolled out in the UK following EU Commission decision.

Speeding is one of the most common killers on our roads. We have mentioned recently how Volvo will be limiting the top-speed on all of their cars to 112 mph from 2020, in an effort to improve road safety standards, but the EU is planning to roll out a similar scheme to every single car sold in Europe from 2022.

Plans have been provisionally agreed in a landmark decision by the EU for mandatory safety technology to be installed on every single brand new car and the Department for Transport have confirmed that these regulations will apply to the UK irrespective of the Brexit decision.

90% of fatalities and injuries on EU roads are down to human error and EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska stated: "Every year, 25,000 people lose their lives on our roads. The vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error. We can and must act to change this. With the new advanced safety features that will become mandatory, we can have the same kind of impact as when the safety belts were first introduced. Many of the new features already exist, in particular in high–end vehicles. Now we raise the safety level across the board, and pave the way for connected and automated mobility of the future."

The EU Commission has set expectations for what these new measures will achieve. For example, they expect that this technology will have saved over 25,000 lives and avoided 140,000 serious injuries by the year 2038. By the year 2050, the EU commission expects they will be close to achieving their goal of zero deaths on the roads - part of the ‘Vision Zero’ campaign.

So what is included in this mandatory technology?

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For the general public, the following technology will be installed in every brand new car from the factory:

Alcohol Interlock Installation: Every car will come with the necessary infrastructure for a breathalyser to be installed which will be necessary for starting the car. Not every driver will need to use this to start their car, only repeat drink-drivers and prolific offenders.

Advanced Emergency Braking: This is the technology which already exists in a lot of premium cars, where radars will scan the roads ahead and automatically apply the brakes if a crash or impact is imminent with the intention of reducing or preventing the collision.

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Drowsiness/ Distraction Detectors: Cars will be fitted with in-car scanners and sensors which read the body language and behaviour of the driver to detect drowsiness or persistent lack of necessary attention.

Event Data Recorder: This is basically a black box which records everything from steering input, acceleration, braking and so on. This data will be recorded and then investigated following a crash to ensure there is no untoward behaviour.

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Intelligent Speed Assist: Every car will read the posted speed limit of the specific road they are driving on via GPS and the driver will have to make a concerted effort to break the speed limit by actively pressing the accelerator further.

Lane Keep Assist: Again, lots of cars already have this. It’s a feature where the driver is notified if they are veering over the line by vibrations through the steering wheel or beeping noise, the car will then correct itself and redirect to the centre of the lane if the driver doesn’t correct quickly enough.

Safety Glass: Windscreens will be replaced with safety glass to protect or at least the reduce damage caused to pedestrians or cyclists in the event of a collision.

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Reversing Detection Sensors: Reversing cameras and detection systems are already pretty common on cars, but they’re sold in as optional extras to rinse a few extra quid off new car buyers. Soon enough these will be standard equipment.

So. What do you think?

Inside this bundle of compulsory safety measures, there are certainly one or two things that nobody can complain about, such as standard-fitted parking sensors, advanced emergency braking and alcohol interlock installation. The fact that these suggestions have been bundled in with measures such as adding speed limiters to all cars and compulsory black-box data recorders will surely irritate a lot of motorists though. People are becoming increasingly conscious of who has access to their data nowadays, so the idea that everything you do in the car is recorded will be disturbing to some people.

Concerning the speed limiting, though, Edmund King, president of the AA, "When it comes to intelligent speed adaptation, the case is not so clear,"

"The right speed is often below the speed limit - for example, outside a school with children about - but with ISA, there may be a temptation to go at the top speed allowed."

Then there is the fact that occasionally, exceeding the speed limit or accelerating aggressively is necessary, such as when merging onto a motorway or completing an overtaking manoeuvre.

We’re extremely interested to hear your thoughts on this one. Let us know in the comments, are these changes welcome? 

"Then there is the fact that occasionally, exceeding the speed limit or accelerating aggressively is necessary, such as when merging onto a motorway or completing an overtaking manoeuvre" good luck using that one in court, I cannot believe you would even print that! "exceeding the speed limit is necessary", you could have chosen not to carry out the manoeuvre. "Every car will read the posted speed limit of the specific road they are driving on via GPS" GPS doesn't read speed limits, That is down to the camera technology that will be fitted to read road signs.. Do you even research these topics fully, before 'advising' the general public?

I have all except the breath interface and although they can be usefull, the tech us exceedingly unreliable, for ex sign recognition reeding 80 & 90 in a posted 30, we do not even have these limits, also radar braking inoperative if sensors get wet or dirty. And lane recognition relies on good condition white lines which are also rare.

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If we are leaving the EU then they have no right to tell us what to do.

I can see the price of used cars stabilising! I think a lot of people will actively keep older cars in good health to avoid having another Big Brother in the car with them. And others will happily pay over the odds for them rather than buying a new car. Has anyone thought about the unintended consequences of particularly the speed limit suggestion? There are many unintended consequences that could be suggested. And why should the EU dictate to us if we're leaving indeed? Or maybe we're leaving as our governments have spent years applying EU regulations utterly faithfully; many that are only half-heartedly applied or not applied at all in many EU countries.

Pleased that I am over 70 and had many many years of enjoyable driving.In the future it will be very very boring driving on the roads with the car in control and not the driver.If everything is electric won't be able to have a remap,straight through exhaust etc.Yawn.

GPS databases are aware of the speed limits of each road. My Tesla utilises GPS data to reduce speed when Auto-steer is enabled. Although there are a couple of problems, mainly related to the database not being 100% up to date with every local change or temporary speed limit. Plus in addition it reacts too late, so on entering a 40mph zone from a NSL zone it will not react until you have passed the GPS point marked as 40mph, and then it has to brake, typically attains correct speed 200-yards too late (so I don't use it). For completeness Tesla AP1 uses camera recongition for signs whereas AP2.0 and above use GPS. Do you check your facts before spouting off about other people not checking their facts?

Why would you want to have a remap, or make more unnecessary noise with a straight through exhaust. All that to achieve some poxy sub-10sec 0-60 time. My EV will do 0-60 in 4.1secs, the quicker version does it in 2.1secs. How fast did you want to go?

Correct, and they won't. But they will be in control of the cars they manufacture and if we want to buy them they will have the features required by EU. Additionally if we was to take our cars to the EU we will need to meet their requirements. Again they can set their rules for their roads. That might include certain features based on the age fo the car. Of course there may be manufacturers who decide to introduce model ranges just for the UK, which wouldn't be allowed to go to the EU. But I doubt it will be economic.

Speed limit control is a tricky one. I don't think limiting cars to 112mph should be an issue for most. But clearly it will only reduce deaths caused by vehicles travelling in excess of 112mph. Those accidents caused by a vehicle doing 110mph would remain. This clearly limits the number of lives that can be saved. But do we really need cars that can go faster than 112mph anyway? Plus if the cars don't need final gearing to reach 180mph then they can have gear ratios that allow faster acceleration. Particularly relevant to EVs where there are no gears, just a fixed drive ratio that determines 0-60 vs top speed. Black box? OK for accident investigation, not so keen on Mr.Plod just being able to plug-in and point out you did 41mph in a 40-zone 3-months earlier and nothing happened - but please have a fine.

My recollection is that the EU also proposed that all existing cars will have to be retrofitted with all these devices two years after they are applied to newcars. I sense a manufacturers lobby aided and abbeted by the Safety Czars.

A world with electric cars that are speed limited sounds like an utterly boring world. (not all will agree) It is going to become a world of electrical 0-60, doughnuts, powerslides etc for kicks don't see this keeping the death rates down.

Why does an EV increase the rates of doughnuts and power slides compared to a petrol engine? I'd agree 0-60 becomes boring because the driver has nothing to do but plant the right foot on the floor. If it is just to get 'kicks' instead of outright speed in a petrol then a crash at 50-60mph from a powerslide is surely preferential to a crash at 120mph. It depends on if you see our roads as a playground or a transport system. I see it as the latter, so boring is good. If I want a blast then that's what tracks are for surely. Note I am against this level of intrusion into control of our lives, but then again I am also against the intrusion of a hyped up Honda Civic into my cars safety cage. I don't suppose there is a 'right' answer.

Well my thoughts on why people are so hooked on power and speed on public roads is nothing to do with top end speed in a lot of cases but what happens in how quick one gets to it. So if we are limiting the top to 112 as proposed the increase in the uptake of people converting to the quickest to 0-60 becomes the next best thing for thrills... but also still possible at 112mph in my thought on logics. (I am in no way advocating speeding nor endorsing the need to speed just a open thought on what may come next). Further what stops people from just getting around the limit thing as we do already by the upgrades and re-maps and other software hacks..? More big brother measures on top of the proposed limit?

Yeah I don’t believe this lol uk will say “fcuk off” and if they don’t then I will make money removing these devices lol nobody can dictate any modifications you make to your property ie your vehicle not now not ever they can fit this trash for sure on eu cars ( Germany will say fcuk off also lol ) but they can not sell you a car which you then own and prevent you from Removing it it’s upto you whether you consent to been tracked also not the eus so do as we do as say the above hahaha

What stops hacking - nothing! But an understanding that you are 100% uninsured if you hack the limit is likely to reduce the number willing to take the risk. Versus the current remap and tweaking brigade who hope they are insured despite not informing insurance company of upgrades. I'd agree on the thrill seekers, but then EVs bring faster acceleration times anyway. Mine does 4.1s 0-60. The 112mph limit doesn't really affect this unless manufacturers want to change final gear ratio to max out 0-60. I suspect that may result in a EU limit on acceleration as well. I run mine in chill mode as the 'full beans' isn't needed - ever. Like you I'm not advocating speed but aware of unintended consequences and peoples desire to kill themselves with dangerous acts.

If we are leaving the EU then they have no right to tell us what to do and what not to do. I don't agree with the car being in control because it is not right. Just like aeroplanes, different conditions require different inputs from the driver, just the same as an aircraft pilot.

What is the ‘safety glass’ talked about here? As far as I understand laminated glass replaced tempered glass decades ago for windscreens as it didn’t shatter into thousands of pieces if hit by a pebble, but both laminated and tempered glass are both referred to as ‘safety glass’. Can’t say as I like the idea of returning to tempered glass windscreens.

I think were becoming a nanny state where big brother runs our lives. Also this will give them another excuse to increase the cost of motoring. . Soon it will be an offence to fart in your car..

The signal systems will cause Cancer, but that's OK as long as someone can fine you or track you and spy on you..

So, with your radar equipped, speed limited, high tech vehicle you can start to erode responsibility for your actions and indeed judgement itself. Driving is one of the only high level risk managing skills most people ever do. As we take away this responsibility we may find we cause problems in other aspects of life without realising this unintended consequence. When I train people in their vehicles they often remark how it has afterwards changed their perceptions and management of many risk associated aspects of their life. We teach observation and information acquisition processes, exit strategies, risk weighting. If the car instead does it then maybe we will find cars doing 30 down a wet, foggy, icy road where we can see nothing but, we'll be ok as the car is allowing it to happen. Heaven forbid. Clever gearboxes have enabled idiots who cannot drive to accelerate viciously down a road with zero skill. Walk down your busy high street at night and watch the S3/R type cars typically doing their launch control starts down hazard perception alley! Technology has untoward consequences. Diesel cars have increased acceleration/braking traffic wave issues on motorways as they have so much torque. My daughter would likely now be dead if I had been constrained by speed limits to get her to hospital when she was very young, as anaphylactic shock set in after tasting her first ever Brazil but. Without taking unreasonable risk this was the necessary action. A significant number of people drive too fast for conditions that may fall within the speed limit in operation at the time, so the new system will have no effect on these occasions. I train people. The overriding facet of character required is discipline. Unfortunately this is becoming a rare commodity. Tech can not improve this and will likely reduce it. Training slowly develops it. But a few thoughts regarding risks and situations on a days driving can make more difference than any amount of tech. I suspect that deaths at speeds above 112mph are extremely low, though of course they would be headlines. More people die as result of diesel particulates every month than road deaths in a year. So a degree of reality would be nice. As the politicians encouraged diesels it is easier to promote things like speed reduction than admit previous errors with their attendant social and financial liabilities. Any speed that is inappropriate for the attendant risks, whether within the law or otherwise, is dangerous. I am not convinced that this new general application of speed conscious technology is going to have a positive influence or the desired effect.

I'm with Tony on this. It's not about people that can afford Tesla's, but about being able to tinker around with stuff and enjoy yourself. It's about freedom to choose and not being told what to do by unelected people that know better than you. If this sounds like an advert for Brexit, it probably is, but we all know that could never be allowed to happen!

Lane Keep Assist can be right pain. The problem is, it isn't "intelligent". My Mazda 2 has it, it regularly drives me mad going off when everything's fine. When for example I'm overtaking a vehicle in the NS lane, I gently pull back in after completion of the overtake. As I do it smoothly, rather than pulling in with a noticeably sharp movement, the device thinks I'm straddling the lanes and activates. It would be dangerous were it to go a stage further and actually redirect the car to the centre of the lane. Which lane, back to the outer lane, or into the nearside lane? Don't tell me would only do it if the car was straddling the line for an excessive time - it goes off for no logical reason already, simply because it hasn't got the "intelligence" to know that what I'm doing is based on concentration, experience and well applied driving technique!

We, the UK, have already indicated we'll be following suit on this, regardless of whether we've left the EU. Don't want to get political, but if anyone really believes that our laws after Brexit will differ substantially from anything the EU adopts, they're living in cloud cuckoo land. Highly unlikely we'll adopt different laws from the rest of Europe as far as new legislation is concerned, we'll continue to have new legislation thrust on us by our own government you can rest assured!

I thought I had, for one reason or another my opinion and comment seems to have gone. may be not gone may be removed by big brother? You will only get my comment if you had time to read it.

hello where I am all for safety the people who want to drive like mindless idiots will simply buy pre this ruling cars and carry on like maniacs , given the choice a lot of us will welcome some of the proposed aids but we should have freedom of choice especially as we are paying for it

Pleased that i have bought my Bentley GTC already; capable of 196 mph (but you don't drive it at that speed however you have overtaking safety if you need it) it has the largest set of disk brakes on a production car and can stop when needed; I don't need a auto braking system or lane 'correction' system to interfere with my driving ability having driven well over a million miles safely and accident free. Why do we always have to cater for the lowest common denominator. Why is a 1960 transit allowed the same speed limit as a Ferrari ? What will happen to the really innovative and developmental supercar manufacturers and small manufacturers like Morgon or Ginetta? Why do we not educate rather than suffocate? Let's all go to sleep on the roads and let the EU rules drive us...MAD!

i hate this idea BUT in all the info ive seen, there is no mention of this being applied to MOTORCYCLES which, as a percentage of their users, im told, have the highest accident rates due to excessive speed than any other mode of road transport. i also disagree with this idea because had my car been limited to the speed limits (as proposed) a few years ago, myself and my family would all be DEAD. i was in the right hand lane of a 3 lane motorway when an articulated HGV (foreign registered) began to pull out from the middle lane to the right hand lane (illegal in itself) when my car was at a point where the front bumper was level with the drivers door. the HGV had ALL the blind spot elimination mirrors available and STILL i was lucky to not be crushed against the centre crash barrier! without that power and overtaking availability, i would be unable to write this! and dont get me started on the number of HGVs ive seen SINCE they were required to have a mandatory speed limiter fitted that have overtaken me (when im in a CAR travelling at the legal speed limit for a CAR) even in the last few years!

I'm afraid this is just the start of a bigger picture, to control all movements. With a growing population which means more vehicles or vehicle journeys across the world but lets stick to the UK and that's the point. You can't have 25 million people driving all at once. Some would say never that figure, you may be right but I remember when you could drive up and down the M6 and M1 and count the vehicles in your head, try it today and just think about how much it's changed over 60 years and how much if unchecked will change going forward. We have had most of the tech for years in vehicles or waiting for the time to intro it to the public. We must face the fact that we of an age, are the last to feel true freedom. I can list them but this is not the time but we all know that big brother is not just watching anymore but as moved in right next to you and goes were ever you go. So why not in the car along with your i phone. Like all things which come in on a save lives ticket in my mind never works out that way. The seat belt does save lives but it also costs lives, fact and all the other functions mentioned have good and bad points about them. The example which I would like to use to show how bad we are in doing the right thing and that will be me finished. The diesel car v petrol. We all know whats been done to the diesel market but what as happened is we have seen more petrol and petrol hybrid vehicles been sold and guess what or carbon foot print for our country as gone up. That's Co2 to you and me. Which we have been told is very very very bad for our world. EV vehicles a none starter again, think about it.

My first post, delayed by the confirmation e-mail taking 10 hours to arrive in my in box. ISA may be OK in towns where 20 and 30 speed limits apply, but I think that elswehere, it should be capable of being over ridden as necessary without penalty of an audible warning.

So you can remove seatbelts and indicators from your car and legally drive it on the UK roads? You are correct that they cannot stop you carrying out an action on something you own, but it might restrict where you can use it. It would also likely invalidate your insurance. You might not like it, but they can bring it in, and they can make it compulsory.

But they are limiting top speed not power. So the margin still exists. Many limited to 155mph already (unless you disable limit) the power is there to go faster. So you safety margin is still there. I would say that if speed limit is 60mph on a single carriage way then having to go above 112mph as a softy margin shows how wrong you go it in the first place. On a dual/motorway where the limit is 70mph I struggle to see where the safety margin comes into it. And a 1960 Transit isn't allowed the same speed as a Ferrari. 50 vs 60 mph on a single carriage way and 60 vs 70mph on a dual. Motoways are matched speed because it helps traffic flow and spacing means a Transit should have ample stopping distance.

So you were doing 70 in a car, level with the HGV front bumper when an HGV started to pull out. And by the time you were clear of the front of the HGV, one car length gain, you were doing in excess of 112mph? With a speed differential of 42mph (112-70mph) and needing a gain of circa 5m (a cars length) then you would travel 18m more/second than the truck. It would take you 0.26secs to clear the truck at 112mph - did you really think you needed more? There is time taken up getting to 112mph, but you would also reduce the 5m gap required. I don't think you are going to get that much faster in 0.25 secs. What were you driving. This better be a hyper car.

Why are EV vehicles a non-starter? Massive reduction in CO2 output over their lifespan. CO2 production is bad for the planet, but the particulate emissions of diesel have proven to be far worse over the short term. Hybrids help us on the journey to a low carbon economy and reduce direct pollution in city centres if used sensibly.

Although electric cars do not produce any tailpipe emissions, carbon dioxide is still emitted when the electric vehicle is being manufactured. The lithium-ion batteries used in the vehicle take more materials and energy to produce because of the extraction process of the lithium and cobalt essential to the battery. Also going forward recharging needs a power source which in its self produces more Co2 and carbon dioxide. Like all batteries if charged when not flat, will have a shorter life between charges. Just look at mobile phone batteries. One last point I think we have one country the Democratic Republic of Congo doing over 50% of the mining in the world and has said they are flat out supplying the market today. Which stands at around 4 million vehicles worldwide. Last point why we should not use electric vehicles the 35,000 + children used in the mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

So on that basis you are definitely ruling out oil as a possible vehicle fuel. Have you any idea on the energy spent searching for oil, building oil rigs/derricks, drilling for oil, extraction of oil, transport of oil around the world, refining of the oil, then pumping into tankers, transporting to site, pumping into ground storage, pumping into your car. Exxon Valdez to name just one spill. Then burning it it at less than 50% efficiency. The oil industry is not a pretty one with regard to labour either. Car batteries do not suffer memory, and most are fitted with cooling systems so cannot be compared to a mobile phone battery. They don't last forever but neither do car engines. There are Tesla with over 400,000 miles on them. Every study I have read came out in favour of EVs over a 3-year cycle even in the most coal dependent states of the USA. UKs grid is far greener and getting greener all the time. Wind farms, hydro, nuclear, solar all producing lower carbon. Before you quote the carbon required to produce a wind farm please consider the carbon required to produce a coal fired power station. Nothing is carbon free. But every well to wheels analysis produced the EV wins, and it is only at the start of its evolution.

I thought that the max speed limit in this country is 70 mph, so why limit cars to 112 mph??????

Try using that lever next to the steering wheel, that lets the car, and other road users know what you are doing, I think they call it indicators!! lol

Interesting points but on many of your points in the first paragraph could apply too the EV vehicle production. On Tesla, please find a quote from Tesla last year. Tesla warns that it does not cover battery degradation from “battery usage” under its Model S and Model X warranty up to any specific level: “The Battery, like all lithium-ion batteries, will experience gradual energy or power loss with time and use.14 Apr 2018. Tesla also produced a test a long with Tesla owners which shows that the batteries they are using going forward shouldn't give any issues. That sounds like they could be issues going forward its just that they don't know. Batteries are not the answer, in short yes but long term no. The car engine that we know today can be made to run on different forms of fuel, which produces a lot less of the GHG than electric cars do (not just in the day to day running) but the manufacturing. It sounds to me that we must agree to disagree on this like a lot more people but the winners will be the ones with the deepest pockets no doubt but it won't be the motorist.

'Accelerating aggressively'. I never drive 'aggressively' - not even when joining a motorway or overtaking. That's WRONG! Joining the motorway is a filter system. I practice defensive driving - in other words, everybody else on the motorway is an idiot with tailgating, no indicators (BMW and Audi) etc. I want to be in control of my car - not with a 'computer' taking control. I drive on motorways very often. Get rid of the middle lane hoggers! Overtaking - no!

Because it is an EU proposed limit, where the speed limit isn't 70mph. (Yes we are leaving, but we haven't left so we are still in the discussion, and regardless of leave status we will still share a lot of the safety laws unless we don't want to take cars to EU, sell cars to EU, or buy any cars from EU).

Yes the carbon cost of an EV vehicle is higher than petrol/diesel. About 30% on average, which is quickly recouped. The issue with oil is the carbon cost of fuel acquisition for the duration of its life, plus the carbon cost of its direct use. There is not a single report that suggests petrol/diesel has lower emissions over its lifetime. You can disagree with every scientific study done. That is your right. If your other fuel source is hydrogen then it is ridiculous. Needs electric to produce, and loses 60% of the energy in conversion to and from electric as they still use an electric motor for motion. If it is an undetermined fuel yet to be invented I'll wait for Unicorn juice to be released. Currently on a 3-year lifespan electric wins hands down. Of course Tesla have disclaimers, just like every car company does, I don't see any other car company guaranteeing fuel efficiency. The truth is battery degradation is very small. Typically settles at 5% reduction after 3-years and then doesn't seem to diminish any further except in edge cases. Battery failure is covered. I base this on knowledge from the UK owners club, we have some quite high mileage Teslas in the group.

Joining the motorway is not a filter system. It is a give way system. Filters are used when reducing lane numbers.

Only time will prove who will be right. Once up on a time not so many years ago DIESEL was the new green way.

Ah, but if the car were to be limited to the maximum indicated speed of the road, Peter's car would not have been able to exceed 70 to get out of the way of the lorry.

I did not say gps did not 'know' speed limits, they do not "read" them. Camera technology will be used to "read" speed signs, which is the important part missed in the article, The article incorrectly states half the facts. Reading will be done by, as you say camera "recongition" Try checking your spelling......

"model ranges just for the UK that wouldn't be allowed to go there" Yep that why we all have to change our steering wheels to the other side when we go there,

precisely my point

as i understand it, the limiter wont be set at 112, it will automatically set to the speed limit of the road, ie 70mph in my case. yes i COULD floor it (apparently) to override the limiter temporarily but how much will we be able to override it by? or how long for? after all a small 1000cc city car will take more time to get from, say, 70-80mph than a 2000cc turbocharged car might take to get from 70-100mph! as for the theory of 112 (which i believe is a voluntary maximum Volvo is implementing) well thats all well and good. right up until someone wants to use the car on a track, for rallying etc (both of which i have some limited experience of)? like i said, will this be implemented to motorcycles also? or just victimising owners who have the need for a larger vehicle? will actual dedicated competition cars (track cars, rally cars, sprint cars, hillclimb cars etc.) all be subject to the limit? what about dual use vehicles (used as road AND competition) what will happen then? what will happen if someone has the limiter 'remapped' out of the ECU software? will all the speed cameras be removed from the roads? how will the government and police raise the lost revenue? for me there are just too many unanswered questions. and if you re read my post, whilst i may not have worded it well, i meant my front bumper of my CAR was level with the HGV cab doors approximately.

I expect the proposed Intelligent Speed Assist will work much the same way as the speed limiters available on loads of new cars (Recently had a Nissan Qashqai and Vauxhall Insignia hire cars, both had optional speed limiters - and they are really useful for avoiding inadvertent speeding in locations where cruise isn't viable). If you floor it the speed limiter is over-ridden, full power and acceleration is available for as long as you keep your foot down (up to maximum of 112mph). Note the word Assist in its name. So with the proposed system you could do 112mph through town if you wanted to. The claim of I didn't realise I was doing 40 in 30 would be invalid, speeding would then be a deliberate action. Revenue lost on cameras might be recouped from medical costs for accidents. Track cars I have no idea, they may make it possible to over-ride, but black box will record location/time and if over-ridden then zero insurance. That will be part of the detail that has to be worked out. Adding an extra metre or two to the distance you had from the truck will not make much of a difference to the 0.25 secs at 112mph to pass the truck safely. Given it will have taken your car 3-4 seconds to get from 70mph-112mph. Hyper cars may be quicker. We will be talking 4.25 or 4.35 seconds, and the additional acceleration over 112mph would be unlikely to have helped you. As I said let me know the car and I'll put some figures together for acceleration from 70-112 and then beyond. In short for all but hyper-cars you will be more than 10m ahead of the truck by the time you hit 112mph. Above that and you are adding unnecessary speed which will not help.