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Bye bye autobahn

Europe has been known as the birthplace of some of the world's fastest cars with luxury-minded speed-demons from Italian brands like Volkswagen AG's (ETR:VOW) Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., German brands like Daimler AG's (ETR:DAI) Mercedes-Benz, or the UK's Bentley Motor Group Ltd. (also a Volkswagen property).  Indeed, perhaps no highway system is as famous as Germany's autobahns, where there is no enforced speed limit.

But all of that could soon be changing.

The European Union's Mobility and Transport Department -- a branch of the EU's market regulatory body, the European Commission (EC) -- is preparing an extreme proposal to counter auto fatalities in the region.  UK newspaper Telegraphcites the office of Patrick McLoughlin, the UK's Transport Secretary as warning of the controversial proposal.

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The EU is looking to pull the plug on drivers travelling over 70 mph. [Image Source: Porsche]

Reportedly the EC approached Mr. McLoughlin with a pending proposal that sought to use an Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) scheme to prevent any new vehicles sold in the EU from going over 70 miles per hour.  The EC officials argued that the proposal was necessary to curb the over 30,000 drivers who die each year on Europe's streets.

But Mr. McLoughlin blasted the proposal; with a "government source" close his office commenting:

This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people's backs up about Brussels.  The Commission wanted [Mr. McLoughin's] views ahead of plans to publish the proposals this autumn. He made it very clear what those views were.

An EC spokesperson confirmed that talks about new speed regulation are pending, remarking:

There is a currently consultation focusing on speed-limiting technology already fitted to HGVs and buses.  Taking account of the results, the Commission will publish in the autumn a document by its technical experts which will no doubt refer to ISA among many other things

Aside from the more basic free market and cost issues, another problem with the proposal arguably is the fact the EU member states vary greatly in traffic fatalities.  Out of Britain's thirty eight million motorists, there are only 1,754 fatalities in 2012 -- a 0.0046 percent death rate.  By contrast Germany's forty-five million motorists in 2012 got in 3,657 fatalities -- a 0.0081 percent death rate (almost twice as high).

This controversy may be laid to rest -- or further ignited -- when self-driving (autonomous or semi-autonomous) cars hit the market.  Google, Inc. (GOOG), General Motors Comp. (GM), and Nissan Motor Comp., Ltd. (TYO:7201) are among the companies working to bring self-driving car technology to the market.

Source: Telegraph

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By superstition on 9/3/2013 8:14:12 PM , Rating: 1
I'm surprised that this hasn't already happened. Insurance companies are probably not thrilled at all without it.

Really, though, the 120 MPH speedometer needs to disappear from regular vehicles here. No one is allowed to go that fast on any regular highway in the US. I think the speedometer should end at 85 MPH, and I wouldn't be unhappy with a speed limiter set to that speed. No one needs to go faster.

RE: surprised
By superstition on 9/3/2013 9:15:22 PM , Rating: 2
I knew this would be downrated, but I stand by the comment.

If you think 85 is so terribly slow, try living in Ohio where you can't go faster than 65 legally.

RE: surprised
By sorry dog on 9/3/2013 9:35:59 PM , Rating: 2
I think your idea forgot that there are dozens of GPS speedometer apps and a little velcro tape for those speed freaks who only drive fast to see how fast it can go....

RE: surprised
By mm2587 on 9/4/2013 8:55:12 AM , Rating: 2
you realize the turnpike in ohio has been 70 for years and as of this year a bunch more of the interstates have 70mph zones too right....

yeah I don't even need to live there to know state law better than you

RE: surprised
By CarbonJoe on 9/5/2013 12:54:56 PM , Rating: 2
try living in Ohio where you can't go faster than 65 legally.

I-80 (Turnpike) is 70mph. I-71, I-70, I-90 are all 70 mph in certain areas.

RE: surprised
By thurston2 on 9/10/2013 1:08:51 PM , Rating: 1
I'd blow my brains out before I would live in Ohio. You're one of those motherfuckers that won't get out of the left lane.

RE: surprised
By NicodemusMM on 9/3/13, Rating: -1
RE: surprised
By Suspicious on 9/4/2013 5:59:51 AM , Rating: 2
You just went full retard.

Most (if not all) speedometer faceplates i have seen have both kp/h and mp/h on them at different scales so that the actual position of the "needle" works for both. A quick search on google images teaches me that there are speedometers that only list one of the two but in that case anyone with half a brain realizes that they just have two different face plates for the exact same speedometer. So limiting it to 70MPH does the same im the us and eu.

Also you should have noticed that this is about a EU proposal so the document <sarcasm>probably</sarcasm> does not concern itself with these weird-ass you call miles, and the 70mph is a converion by DT so 'murricans can understand.

RE: surprised
By NaperJ on 9/4/2013 10:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
You haven't looked at enough speedometers then. My car (a 2001) can be changed between US and metric through the dashboard display, and as soon as one does that, the needle moves correspondingly. No imperial setting for those bigger gallons though.

RE: surprised
By purerice on 9/4/2013 1:29:59 AM , Rating: 2
What about that one day in a thousand you NEED to go faster than that limit?

Statistically speaking there will be a day when you personally will need to, whether for 5 seconds or 5 minutes. When that day comes, hope you have no such limiter.

RE: surprised
By FITCamaro on 9/4/2013 7:55:28 AM , Rating: 2
Because freedom is all about what people need. What if I want to race my car on a track on the weekends? According to you I shouldn't have the right to do that faster than 85 mph.

RE: surprised
By Tibbz on 9/4/2013 10:23:52 AM , Rating: 2
That is a bit silly.
The Texas Speed limits are 75 out of the "city" and all the way up to 85 in remote locations. The Corridor may even hit speeds of 90mph... mix that with your (+10 mph limit) are you are now in 95 currently and 100mph future. The only issue is big rigs who insist on passing each other at +1mph (lol)

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