EU mandates new vehicles have speed limiting tech, while UK opts out

All new cars and trucks sold within the European Union and Northern Ireland after July 6, 2024, will be required to have active safety technology to notify drivers when they are speeding by beeping, vibrating or even slowing down the vehicle in order to prevent car crashes. The United Kingdom has chosen not to mandate intelligent speed assistance (ISA) for use on its roads, though the safety feature will still be installed in vehicles and drivers will have the option to activate the technology each day. ISA technology uses a front-mounted camera on the vehicle that can read speed limit signs. Information from the signs, along with GPS mapping data in the vehicle’s software, helps the car know which speed limit applies where it is traveling. Once the driver exceeds the speed limit, ISA will either beep or vibrate to alert the driver that they are speeding. If the driver does not slow down, the technology will then take over and reduce the vehicle’s speed to the posted limit. The Telegraph reported that manufacturers have been offering ISA as an option since 2015, and since 2022, all new cars in Europe have been required to include ISA. The European Transport Safety Council estimates that ISA will reduce collisions by 30% and deaths by 20%. According to the safety council’s website, the technology will also help drivers avoid speeding tickets. Leeds University said in a study that the UK could see a 12% decline in injuries caused by vehicle crashes with ISA in place. The European Union moved to require vehicles to have ISA technology in 2018. It estimated at the time that 25,000 people died on European roads each year, adding it was up to the EU to take action to reduce the number of deaths.