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Show #2019-66 April 2, 2019

Have you ever wondered where smart technology is heading to in cars and other vehicles? A new set of regulations in Europe should give us a pretty good idea. The proposed legislation would force vehicles to have so-called intelligent speed assistance, which recognizes speed limits using mapping systems and help drivers observe them by restricting engine power. The driver can override the system by pushing harder on the gas pedal. There would also be an onboard data recorder that would further deter you from speeding by registering your vehicles speed.

The European Commission wants these features to be included on all vehicles on European roads from 2022.

The other safety features would include systems to warn you if you appear to be drowsy and guard against distractions such as smartphone use. Cameras and sensors would be required to avoid accidents while backing up and to help keep a car in a lane. For cars and vans, the rules would require advanced emergency braking, which can detect obstacles and push the brake pedal if the driver does not respond in time.

And another system would help bus and truck drivers avoid hitting cyclists in their so-called blind spots. Although properly adjusted mirrors should allow truck drivers to see to the side, Germany‘s transport ministry has pushed for the measure to reduce deaths of cyclists and pedestrians.

Much of the technology already exists and is available on more expensive cars.

The association warned in December that intelligent speed assistance should be introduced only gradually. It said the technology was hampered by too many false readings due to out-of-date maps and poor sign visibility.

I think that all of this great. One small problem. The more technology we build into cars, the less attentive drivers will become, and in the event of a hardware or software failure, there could dire consequences.

Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard

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