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Issue 480, 22 April 2002

Speeding satellites

Trials of cars set automatically to keep within the speed limit are due to begin in Leeds, in the latest stage of research by the institute for transport studies. The equipment, developed by director of research Dr Oliver Carsten links to a satellite system pinpointing the car's position, and an in-car map on which speed limits have been coded.

Some versions display the information to the driver, others force the car to keep to the limits, although drivers can 'opt out' by pressing a button on the steering wheel. Keeping to speed limits could reduce all road injuries by over a third, fatal and serious accidents by nearly half and deaths by 59 percent.

Dr Carsten hopes to recruit 20 private motorists to test the system, and persuade Leeds City Council to use it on their fleet cars.


 
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