Is the end of speeding in the United States coming soon? Still, a new step has been taken, because of an accident that occurred in 2022 in Las Vegas. A step which could, ultimately, lead to an obligation putting an end to speeding.
Indeed, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB, transportation safety in the United States) is studying the possibility of blocking the maximum speed of new cars. This is done by means of a speeding alert system linked to GPS and on-board cameras.
In a report, the entity recommends in any case that 17 manufacturers integrate such a system. The system first indicates an excess via sounds, vibrations or even haptic vibrations. This before blocking the exceeding of the maximum speed.
Has a single accident tipped the balance once and for all?
The NTSB reports that in 2021, speeding caused a third of fatal accidents across the Atlantic. But a single accident could have revived this subject. The one that occurred in January 2022, in Las Vegas, during which nine people lost their lives.
A drugged driver traveling at 165 km/h instead of 50 km/h actually hit a minivan. The driver, his passenger and the seven people in the affected vehicle died. But instead of tackling drug use, the NTSB prefers to attack speed. As Jennifer Homendy, president of the entity’s board, testifies:
“This accident is the latest in a long list of tragedies in which speed made matters worse. We know that the key to saving lives is speed control, which can protect us all from human error on the road. We are failing of a collective act in line with what the NTSB recommends.”
Remember that such systems have also been studied in Europe for several years already. In fact, studies for this purpose began in 2019. An option that the driver can deactivate.
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To sum up
In the United States, the NTSB (transportation safety) is studying the idea of blocking the maximum speed of vehicles. This is done using a speeding alert system linked to GPS and on-board cameras. The fault lies with an accident that occurred in January 2022 in particular.
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