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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    How modern cars differ from the 60s to early 70s super cars is that to build up those cars meant they would be loud, get 6 mpg, spewing out toxic exhaust, and ride terribly with crappy rough steering and suspension. Modern ubber fast cars can be quiet, smooth, handle well and get relatively decent gas mileage. The main obsticles they face are safety requirements, weight issues, tire limitations and computer systems to try to manage the power to be safely usable. Dealing cornering with mega power potential is a far greater challenge than straight-line acceleration.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tetelestai View Post
    Are you serious??? You would want check points where we have to stop and get our cars calibrated???? Sorry, but that would NEVER fly here in the US... Thank God!!!!
    Well, it was just a thought. The easiest way is to install GPS on every car and fine every speed violation, but I not a fan of that. Just want to make sure the car doesn't go faster than a certain speed for safety reasons.
    Are you saying you are driving on a twisty mountain roads with more than 80 mph?

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter King View Post
    Accident investigations all over the world find that speed is a contributing factor and often even the main factor in accidents. Saying that it is a victimless crime is just totally untrue.
    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    If speed doesn't cause accidents why not remove speed limit altogether?
    Good idea!

    Montana: No Speed Limit Safety Paradox

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    If speed does not cause accidents, why would you need a speed limit inside city limits?
    You cannot have a residential street with no speed limit. Too much chance of someone speeding, losing control and killing a pedestrian or driving into a living room.

    On the highways, there are no pedestrians; someone loses control, and the only ones to get hurt are themselves and other drivers who are behind metal, seat belts and airbags...so they have a fighting chance.

    And the fact that many German autobahns have no speed limit and yet are far safer then slower U.S. Highways proves that speed does not kill...bad driving does.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ad_Captandum View Post
    What's the difference?
    A federal law that covers all interstates or a per state law.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    I think there are too many problems with the concept to be practical, and many of them have been pointed out already. "Safe speed" is just far too dynamic, and overautomation leads to complacency. (we're starting to see problems with this in the aviation industry)

    A simple governor that just caps driving speed at 80 mph or something might work, but I'm not convinced this would appreciably add to highway safety.

    This would not be a good time to shut down the auto industry. When they put in 85 speedometers and most cars limited to under 100 it did massive damage to the auto industry.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    Outside of city limits - fine with me.

    Much of the German autobahn's have no speed limits and their death per mile driven is much lower then American highway's.

    Speed does not kill - bad driving does.

    You can kill someone walking through a crosswalk at 10-20 miles an hour.

    Many laws are supported by the public because of envy - and the government figuring how to profit off that. The Autobahn is safer than American highways, but a majority of Germans polled favor eliminating the remaining sections with no speed limit. Its not about safety in my opinion, but about envy. Most Germans don't have fast cars so don't want anyone else to be able to go fast either. All German manufacturers except Porsche now limit their cars to 150 mph. However the computer can be reprogrammed (for about $4000) to eliminate that somewhat (generally to raise it to 186).

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Car technology is really advancing. For example, the Ford Fusion has a mere 1.5 liter motor but plenty of power. Mercedes is releasing its new GLA45 AMG crossover 4 door with an inline 4 cylinder motor putting out 208 horsepower. Yet with only that it can go 0-60 is 4.8 seconds and has a computer limited top speed of 155 mph. And it can do that despite being all-wheel-drive, which will always drain mechanical energy. The quickness is due to a lot of torque for its size but mostly due to the transmission.

    I hope the government control freaks stay out it. The manufacturers keep getting more efficiency, more power, better gas mileage and cleaner exhaust in the competitive wars between each other. If the government gets in it they'll mess it up.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Car technology is really advancing. For example, the Ford Fusion has a mere 1.5 liter motor but plenty of power. Mercedes is releasing its new GLA45 AMG crossover 4 door with an inline 4 cylinder motor putting out 208 horsepower. Yet with only that it can go 0-60 is 4.8 seconds and has a computer limited top speed of 155 mph. And it can do that despite being all-wheel-drive, which will always drain mechanical energy. The quickness is due to a lot of torque for its size but mostly due to the transmission.

    I hope the government control freaks stay out it. The manufacturers keep getting more efficiency, more power, better gas mileage and cleaner exhaust in the competitive wars between each other. If the government gets in it they'll mess it up.
    The answer is to pick a car you like, treat it well and don't worry about what they are putting in other new cars. That is what I am doing.

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    Re: Should cars have built-in speed limit?

    For what should be obvious reason's I voted no. I know a lot of friends that use the car they drive to work to also race at the track on the weekends. As well as others have stated the need to pass when safely permitted may require going over the posted speed limit.

    I have a bigger problem with people driving 10 under the limit than I do with people going 10 over.

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