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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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The usual summer nonsense
By CubicleDilbert on 9/4/2013 6:32:21 AM , Rating: 2
No worries, mates!
This speed limit idea pops up every summer, when news get sparse and EU bureaucrats are fiddling their thumbs out of boredom.

The safest streets in Europe are German Autobahns and their average cruising speed ist around 100mph or 160 km/h. Although many parts of the Autobahn have limits of 120 km/h, but it's either because of noise close to urban settlements or because of heavy traffic in these parts. Most accidents occur on rural roads and in cities. And there are speed limits. Any German party that was determined for a speed limit immediately lost the next elections. And the EU? Germany actually pays the whole EU show, so don't mess with it.

The only German vehicles with a built-in speed limit would be heavy trucks and German tanks. [Although I think the newest Leopard II Model 12 exceeds 70mph).
I guess it is for safety reasons because these tanks would just make to much noise.

RE: The usual summer nonsense
By silverblue on 9/4/2013 11:00:35 AM , Rating: 2
70kph, surely? The fastest recorded tank hit 51.1mph...

I'd be TERRIFIED seeing a tank coming up from behind on the motorway. That thing wouldn't even bother to tailgate...

RE: The usual summer nonsense
By CubicleDilbert on 9/4/2013 12:08:28 PM , Rating: 2
The Leopard II Model 12 exceeded 115km/h in tests.
But official speed is much lower.

Does make sense, because for long distances they are put on trains or trailers. Fortunately they don't ride them on the Autobahn. Imagine one slamming into the tail of a traffic jam. The driver would notice only about 30 cars later, that there is a strange sudden "...klonck...klonck...klonck" sound. :-D

RE: The usual summer nonsense
By kwrzesien on 9/4/2013 2:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
Of course in Russia the tanks *cross* the highway:

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