New car technology could stop speeding before it happens

March 31, 2015 10:59 AM

Every driver dreads seeing those flashing police lights in the rearview mirror. The speeding tickets that may result from an encounter with one of these roadside enforcers can cause a driver to spend money or gain points on a license, impacting how they handle the roads in the future. Although the goal is to make the roads safer for all, the effects for individuals can be devastating. 

Speeding stops in its tracks
That's why Ford is implementing technology to prevent speeding from ever occurring. The automaker recently introduced the S-Max, which will come equipped with the Intelligent Speed Limiter. It is scheduled to be available in Europe first, with releases in Asia and the U.S. planned for later on. 

USA Today explained that the technology uses cameras and sensors to detect road signs and read them. It then slows the vehicle by limiting the amount of fuel sent to the engine, reducing the top speed the car can reach. Automobiles will even be able to alert motorists when they're going too fast without reducing speed. Should a car start to gain speed, such as when it's going downhill, an alarm will sound and encourage drivers to brake. 

There are ways around the system. Engadget reported that there will be a deactivation button on the console, and drivers may even be able to override the technology by jamming the gas pedal in the event of an emergency. 

Catering vehicle maintenance to tech
At first glance, it seems like there a few ways this technology could backfire - if it's not properly cared for, that is. Many different aspects of the car will need to be functioning to ensure the smooth operation of the Intelligent Speed Limiter. It starts with the windshield, which has to be clean enough to ensure the camera gets a clear view of road signs. 

Drivers will also have to invest in fuel injection cleaning to guarantee the system can work effectively. While the technology doesn't interfere with the brakes, it's probably a good idea to have these regularly checked by a professional. The technician is in the best position to provide any necessary brake repair that will keep drivers and passengers safe in any situation. 

The Intelligent Speed Limiter is still off in the future, but motorists can take immediate steps that decrease their odds of speeding and increase safety. Using new technologies is just the tip of the iceberg, as the entire vehicle should be cared for to ensure it's ready for anything. 

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