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Issue 491, 16 June 2003
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Keeping to the limits - new speed trial at Leeds


Journalists from local and national media came to the University to try out specially adapted cars which automatically keep to the speed limit. Trials are beginning in Leeds to look at driver behaviour in the cars, as part of a research project for government by the institute for transport studies.

Oliver Carsten
At a safe speed - Oliver Carsten

Lead researcher, professor of transport safety, Oliver Carsten, said: "We believe this kind of technology can contribute to road safety. If all drivers kept to the speed limit, deaths on the road would fall by 37 percent, over 1,200 each year."

Invited journalists drove the cars on a short route round Leeds crossing various speed limit changes. Most expected to dislike the speed limiters, but were surprised at how much they enjoyed the experience. The research featured on BBC news at one and six o’clock, on BBC News 24 and on local news (Calendar and Look North). Coverage appeared in, among others, the Guardian, Times, Telegraph and Yorkshire Post.

See the project details on the transport studies website


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