This is the ultimate way to curb speeding. A satellite-based system that will monitor a vehicle’s speed and applies the brakes or cuts acceleration if the driver tried to exceed it.

After a six-month trial in Leeds involving 20 modified Skoda Fabia cars, England is prepared to introduce the new system in London. The trial was run by academics at Leeds University who posted findings that the 20 volunteer drivers paid more attention to driving, as well as keeping the speed limit.

To encourage participation in the trial, drivers in London will be offered discounts on the congestion charges if they opt to have the system installed in their new vehicles. Congestion charges are currently at £8 a day.

How does it work?

The whole system is backed by satellite to track the locations of each car. A black box in the car contains maps of every road in Leeds, with speed limits of each road. The speed limit of the current road is displayed on the dashboard to notify/remind the driver of the speed limit.

If the driver goes over the speed limit, a signal is sent to the accelerator or brake pedal to slow the car down if it was going too fast. Of course, a override is available to avoid hazards from happening.

This is the ultimate “big brother is watching” alert if the system is made mandatory for all drivers. This system had better be hack-proof otherwise it could be a catastrophe waiting to happen.

Source: The New Sunday Times