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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by tech30528 View Post
    Um, you know that there is a set top speed in most production cars, right? And that there are programmers available to alter or disable it? It's just a function within the engine controller.
    The speed to which such limiters are set is not based on legal speed limits, but on the designer's opinions about how fast that car is designed to be safely drivable. It's not unreasonable to suppose that the engineers who design a car are capable of judging how fast that car can safely go, and to build in safety features to prevent it from exceeding that limit.

    It's an entirely different thing to suppose that these engineers are qualified or have a duty to function as law enforcement officers.
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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    The brash power from 1970 muscle cars was fantastic!

    They were classics, and many are in very high demand today.

    I really miss the ones that I owned......
    I still have my first car which is very much like the one in my avatar.

    I would rather buy a 1970 Mustang or even a Falcon over a Fiat or any car made in Europe from the last century.

    Here in Mexico I just saw a 1975 Fiat X-19 for sale and the guy wants like $15,000 dollars for it. I just laughed. What a horrible car that was, and I had a few.

    As for the new cars, I don't really care. The are disposable and made to take you to work.

    There is nothing exciting out there and my cars will be on the road long after all the new cars are in the junk yard.

    There is no incentive to fix or restore a newer car as the cost is prohibitive with all the computer systems, so they will be junked.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    It is the same thing.

    The governor shuts down the engine at a certain speed.
    I would guess a controller would do the same.



    Wrong.

    Governors control the flow of fuel to an engine for the purpose of regulating the engines speed.

    The speed controllers that we are talking about would control the speed of motor vehicles with some type of linkage to the accelerator.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    Ok so with that in mind this system will be able to be used on the Los Angeles freeways about 300 days of the year if the constantly paint new lines on the road.

    That doesn't sound feasible.
    The technology is still in infancy.

    Nissan did have a neat package where the car would find a spot in a parking lot and park itself.

    It also requires a 4G connection:

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    yep, that's a real risk, as is having pretty much everything connected to a network. i mean, ****, we destroyed an Iranian nuclear facility from across the world, and actually let them have the virus. our entire financial system is online. our voting is electronic. pretty much everything is hackable.

    still, the cars will eventually be centrally controlled, at least on the big highways that have a lot of problems. probably the way it will work is that we will manually drive on surface streets to freeway entry points, where the cars will be lined up and sent onto the roads in groups of five. overall speed will be adjusted to match road conditions. the big problem will be legal; can you imagine the lawsuit when someone dies in an accident that they had no control over? that's probably the biggest reason it hasn't happened yet. Car and Driver has been predicting this system since i was a teenager.
    What happens at 3 in the morning when there are not 5 cars to put together?

    Will the car be smart enough to drive itself?

    There are so many questions to be answered.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Right, because the NSA always waits for a court order.
    They don't need a black box on your car. The courts have already decided that the feds can slap a GPS beacon on it. Get with the times, man.
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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    probably the way it will work is that we will manually drive on surface streets to freeway entry points, where the cars will be lined up and sent onto the roads in groups of five.
    We're not all from the big city...I might be siting there for a while waiting for 4 other people to show up.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
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    Problem = solved.
    That would kill most drivers. the sudden burst of speed would make them loose control.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Aside from a car parking itself, driving long distance quite more than I like to, I often wish cars would be programmable so that you could just sit, relax and arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to go, instead of red eyed, tense and exhausted.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Wrong.

    Governors control the flow of fuel to an engine for the purpose of regulating the engines speed.

    The speed controllers that we are talking about would control the speed of motor vehicles with some type of linkage to the accelerator.
    Why wouldn't they control it the same way?

    Controlling the linkage, which doesn't exist anymore, wouldn't control speed. Too many factors would have to be taken into account like hills or downgrades.

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