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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 The Von Matrices on 9/4/2013 1:54:03 PM , Rating: 2
I completely agree that everyone going the same speed as the rest of the traffic is the best solution.

I don't know what cops you have been talking to, but where I live (Philadelphia) I have been ticketed not once but on two occasions for going 65 in a 50mph work zone even though both times I was one of the slower cars on the interstate at that point (the average speed was about 70). When I asked the cop "why pick me" when so many other cars were going faster than I, the cop told me "well, everyone was breaking the law and I had had to pick someone to ticket." Interpreting the law directly, I should be going slower to avoid another infraction, but that would be more hazardous. So I have a choice - break the law by driving faster and get ticketed again or drive slower and be a danger on the road. Do you really think the cop is going to say "drive faster and you won't be ticketed?" Laws need to change; as long as there are cops enforcing unrealistically low speed limits I am forced to drive at them and have people like you complain about me.

The other thing I didn't mention and should have is that I have no problem with people going fast; it's the aggressive drivers who go fast and have no clue about vehicle dynamics that bother me, and from my experience that seems to be most of the fast drivers on the road. These aggressive drivers leave no space between cars for emergency situations; when a fast driver weaves right in front of me leaving one car length between us, I have to slow down to increase the space between me and him, and of course that slows down traffic behind me. You can drive as fast as you want; just don't do it dangerously and realize when it might not be prudent.


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