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Calls for technology to artificially slow down car speeds are increasing

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

The surge in road accidents attributed to speeding across the nation has understandably ignited a call to action from safety advocates. As such, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) now agrees that it is time for automakers to use technology to help slow down car speeds.

This policy shift occurred after the NTSB investigated a multi-vehicular collision that took place in North Las Vegas, Nevada, in January of 2022. The devastating six-vehicle crash resulted in nine fatalities, including four young boys no older than 18 years old.

Minimizing speeding incidents is important

When it comes to road safety, one cannot overemphasize the significance of adhering to speed limits. That’s why, in every locale, road authorities have meticulously determined speed limits based on various factors, such as:

  • Road design
  • Traffic density
  • Environmental conditions

These limits are not arbitrary but are calculated to help ensure the optimal balance between efficient travel and safety. Disregarding these limits can put a driver at risk and endanger everyone sharing the road.

One key factor contributing to the peril of speeding is a significant reduction in reaction time. At higher speeds, the ability to perceive and respond to sudden changes in the road environment diminishes. This compromised reaction time can be a recipe for disaster, especially in situations that demand quick decision-making.

How intelligent speed assistance can minimize car crashes

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is a sophisticated system designed to assist drivers in adhering to speed limits by leveraging advanced technologies. It provides drivers with accurate speed recommendations by combining the following:

  • GPS data
  • Road sign recognition
  • Real-time traffic information

ISA relies on GPS technology to pinpoint a vehicle’s location precisely. By cross-referencing this data with digital maps, the system gains insights into the speed limits of the current road. This helps ensure real-time accuracy.

Equipped with optical recognition capabilities, ISA can also identify road signs indicating speed limits. This visual input supplements GPS data, offering an additional layer of precision to the speed recommendations provided.

Lastly, ISA goes beyond static speed limits by incorporating real-time traffic data. This dynamic element allows the system to adjust speed recommendations based on the current traffic conditions, promoting optimal safety and efficiency.

Since technology will continue to advance, the call for artificially slowing down car speeds isn’t an impossible petition. With the help of intelligent speed assistance, automakers can give drivers the power to regulate their speed in real-time. This way, the frequency of car crashes can be reduced, and the roads can be safer for all users.