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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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Will never pass
By ihateu3 on 9/3/2013 11:35:21 PM , Rating: 2
This will never pass. Without being able to speed on the highway, then speeding tickets cannot be given, cutting into their own source of income. Also, we all know that the population needs to be controlled for the amount of resources we have, and for the planet to be able to sustain the max population.

It sounds grim, but we cannot ensure everybody lives to be 100, its realistically not feasible, there is just not enough to go around, and the governments are aware of this as anyone is.

RE: Will never pass
By ShieTar on 9/4/2013 3:27:51 AM , Rating: 2
We don't need traffic accidents for that, European population is predicted to hit a little 520 million maximum around 2030 (before the baby-boomers start dying in numbers), and achieve a stable population of 500 millions from 2060 on. Quality of life and existence of social securities have reduced the overwhelming need to have children, so the decision to have a family is now an actual decision based on personal interests. Seems to work out just fine.

I believe it is basically the same for the older states in the US, with most of the population growth occurring in the south and south-west?

Sadly you are incorrect in stating that the governments understand this. German government is busily trying to convince people that a large percentage of retired person will wreck our economy: "One worker can never feed two retired persons. You need to get 3 Children to solve that problem!".
Because Children are known to be cheaper than retired persons, I guess. And because it is not like the German industry is increasing its efficiency every single year. Not like 10% of our industry are already producing more than we need ourselves, and basically supply retired American with nice cars. And it's not like all over Europe People are out of work, because the industry can now do the same work with less people.

Trust me, the governments are about as clueless as anyone could possible be.

RE: Will never pass
By Jeffk464 on 9/5/2013 11:41:14 AM , Rating: 2
Its impossible to exceed resources forever, populations always hit a new equilibrium.

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