The European Union has provisionally agreed to force every car built from 2022 to include software which slows drives down if they break the speed limit.
Every car, van, truck and bus should be fitted with a feature called “Intelligent Speed Assistance” designed to slow them down if they go too fast, EU leaders agreed on Monday.
The software uses a combination of GPS, sign recognition cameras, and advanced map software to pinpoint a vehicle’s location, local speed limit. If the vehicle is going too fast, it will then automatically slow it down.
Drivers can override the software: pushing hard on the accelerator will bypass the feature and means drivers still have the option to ignore the speed limit.
The plans, set out by the European Commission in May 2018, were signed off by politicians from EU countries in the European Parliament and European Commission on Monday night.
The deal is provisional though, and still subject to formal votes in the European Parliament and is subject to approval by the EU’s member states.
Depending on the politics in Britain, the UK may have left the European Union by the time the legislation takes effect.
But the UK’s Vehicle Certification Agency said it will mirror EU car safety standards for its vehicles, and likely adopt the proposals.
There are several other new safety features included in the EU proposal.
Vehicles will also have “Automated Emergency Braking” — which will detect pedestrians and cyclists, and brake accordingly.
The new law will also make it harder to drink drive.
The law makes it easier for vehicles to have an inbuilt alcohol breathalyzer, called an alcohol interlock device, which won’t let the car start until the driver has blown into it.
Included in the proposed changes are new onboard “Electronic Data Recorders” which save car data in the moments before a crash. The EU hopes this will make it easier to work out why crashes occur.