Should Your Car Keep You From Speeding?
Not gonna lie, unless the roads are wet or icy, I feel the need for speed. Not reckless speed, but slightly above the normal. Obviously, not in residential areas. The highway? Uh, yes. So let me vocal when I say, "OH HELL NO," to this idea.
The National Transportation Safety Board is trying to get car manufacturers to add a feature that would prevent people from breaking the speed limit. Which means that nice drive you take through the Michigan countryside might be a little slower. Amazon trucks already have something like this. Most of them are limited to 70 miles an hour. That means asking them to go faster down 96 is not an option.
These things are called, "governors," and cars have had them for a long time. They keep you from going over a specific top speed. They are usually way high, like 180 miles an hour. The new feature they're talking about uses GPS to pinpoint where you are, then check the speed limit, and finally keep you from going over it. Technology sucks!
A couple of cities are trying these in government vehicles. If you hit the speed limit, it sets off an alarm. It basically cuts the acceleration until you slow down. There's an override button that lets you speed for 15 seconds in case you need to merge or meet the flow of traffic. But that's it.
If you think of speed limit signs as a suggestion, there is a potential cost to that lead foot. Here is the list of points and fees for speeding in Lansing:
|Violation||Fine & Costs||Points|
|Speeding 1-5 over||$175||1|
The NTSB isn't trying to force car companies to do it right now. But they want the government to start incentivizing them with things like tax breaks. Keep the tax break. I would rather just go a little faster.
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