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