Is the State of California part of the European Union? Naturally no, but the former has a strong tendency to imitate the EU when it comes to car measures. A few months ago, the State decided to ban the sale of thermal cars by 2035. The latest example concerns the possible arrival of an intelligent speed limiter.
Scott Wiener, member of the California State Senate, has just proposed a bill to impose intelligent limiters on all vehicles sold in the state. A measure that would take effect from 2027.
In detail, this would not force motorists to respect the limitations in force, as will soon be the case in the European Union. In fact, they could not drive 10 miles per hour (16 km/h) beyond the limits in force.
Improving the road safety record
The idea behind this bill is, naturally, to improve the state’s road safety record. “The tragic reality is that many people are seriously injured or dying on our streets in San Francisco and across the country, and the situation is getting worse.”declared Scott Wiener at San Francisco Chronicle.
“We have speed limits, and they exist for a reason. It’s entirely reasonable to say that you can’t exceed the speed limit by more than 10 miles. That’s what this proposed law. It’s very reasonable and it’s the right time for this idea.”
Remember that in Europe, an intelligent speed limiter will be installed on new cars from July 2024. Its aim will be to prevent drivers from exceeding speed limits. This by triggering alerts, reducing engine power or even making the accelerator pedal harder. This system can be deactivated, but the operation will have to be repeated each time it is started.
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To sum up
Like the European Union in the summer of 2024, the State of California could also impose the installation of speed limiters on new cars. This could happen as early as 2027 and would limit drivers 10 mph over the limits, at most.
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