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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Is that what you mean, or one's that will respond automatically to the speed limit of each stretch of road?
    Or each state/country. Yeah, something like that.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Why not, after all there are speed limits, so there is no reason that cars should be able to go faster than that.
    Speeding is an operator (moving) violation not a registration or vehicle safety violation. The driver, not the vehicle (or its owner, if different) alone is responsible for their actions. We should first elevate the (way too soft) penalties for speeding to the level of DUI/DWI and see if that does not accomplish the desired effect without imposing additional costs/restrictions upon everyone.

    We now put "blow and go" BAC detectors into cars of DUI/DWI offenders (at considerable added cost only to the offender) so why not limit these expensive speed restricting devices to only those that violate the speed limit laws?
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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Sure...why not?

    While we're at it, let's set cars to automatically disable the radio, cd player, cell phones...and let's not allow cars to accelerate too quickly. I'm sure...with a little more thought...I can come up with a whole bunch of other stuff. Oh, wait...don't forget motorcycles.
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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    No, they shouldn't. There would need to be some sort of cushion to allow passing safely and that sort of thing.

    And what about people who want to do legal racing with their cars on a track?

    The other issue is that to implement this, you'd have to have a GPS unit in each car so it knew where it was, and maps programmed to know what the speed limit was in that area. And they would have to be kept constantly up to date (which would be impossible of course).

    The last vehicle project I worked on had a system sort of like that. It didn't govern your speed, but it would warn you if you were going more than 10 mph over the speed limit. The problem was that the maps weren't correct, and there were several places where it would warn me I was speeding when I wasn't. There was one stretch of road I used to drive on it thought was 35 and it was actually 55.

    Yet another issue is that it would add a hell of a lot of work and cost to every vehicle produced with that system. Not all cars have onboard GPS and a cell phone connection, but they'd need them if this system was to be implemented. And because the GPS would have the ability to alter your vehicle's performance by changing the speed governing, it would have to become part of the OBD diagnostic standards, and that's adding quite a bit of diagnostics that would have to be calibrated to every car.

    All in all, no, it's a bad idea, and not worth the effort and cost. The majority of people don't speed enough that it's a significant danger.
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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    OK, fellas, here is the issue: after having a speed limit of, let's say 80 mph, why are cars made to drive up to 140-200 mph? Obviously it would be illegal to drive beyond the speed limit.

    Question: Do you think cars should have built-in electronic speed limit, i.e. the computer limits the speed of the car to what is legal to drive?

    No doubt this could save thousands of lives annually and will prevent criminals from escaping the police (if we presume police cars will not have that electronic speed limit).
    What do you think?
    Better if we put in a minimum limit on highway travel. The upper limit, I don't know, maybe 400 mph would be ok. Anything below that is just totalitarian stupidity and based upon someones desire to force their opinions on others.
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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    We now put "blow and go" BAC detectors into cars of DUI/DWI offenders (at considerable added cost only to the offender) so why not limit these expensive speed restricting devices to only those that violate the speed limit laws?
    Because unless you're going way beyond the speed limit (which most speeders aren't) then speeding is nowhere near as dangerous as driving drunk.
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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Because unless you're going way beyond the speed limit (which most speeders aren't) then speeding is nowhere near as dangerous as driving drunk.
    The point is that speeding, as you say, is relative as are the penalties imposed for it. Going 60 mph in a 20 mph zone is far more serious than going 100 mph in an 80 mph zone, yet only one of those situations would be prevented by limiting the maximum vehicle speed capability. Oddly, there is often no degree of DWI; you either exceeded the maximum BAC limit or you did not, there is often no "way too drunk" charge for those attaining double or triple the .08 maximum BAC level allowed.
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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    And what about people who want to do legal racing with their cars on a track?
    Well, what about if border checkpoint of country/state they can set you car computer to the speed limit in that same country/state? The same could be done with race tracks - you enter - you get the speed limit electronically removed; you leave the race track - your speed limit is set back to what's legal in the state.


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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Better if we put in a minimum limit on highway travel.
    Driving long distances is not illegal but speeding is.
    A speeding car is only danger to itself but all cars around. Remember the phrase: your freedom ends where my begins and vice versa.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Almost all cars are governed. Usually somewhere around the speed rating of the tires they are originally sold with. Most cars are governed somewhere between 105 and 130mph. If you wanted to reduce that it I am sure it would result in saved lives and greatly reduced fuel consumption. However there should be an emergency mode where you can drive faster in the event you are trying to get someone to the hospital or driving through somewhere like western Kansas or parts of Texas and thus it would be cruel to hold you to the speed limit and make you endure it longer than absolutely necessary.
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