Report on speeding and the vital role of in-vehicle technology

Reducing Speeding in Europe

Speeding remains a significant problem in many European countries according to new research published yesterday by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC). The findings come ahead of an important vote in the European Parliament on Thursday on the future mandatory in-vehicle safety technologies.

Some of the countries with the best safety records in Europe have lower standard speed limits on rural roads, including Sweden at 70km/h with 27 deaths per million inhabitants. Norway (26), Switzerland (26), Denmark (37) and the Netherlands (37) all set the limit at 80km/h.

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Just 60 trucks allowed to cross the Irish border after Brexit

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According to a representative of the Freight Transport Association (FTA), Seamus Leheny, said that many trucks coming from Northern Ireland will not be able to travel into the Republic after Brexit?

Currently, 13,000 trucks cross the border from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland every day but according to some in the industry and as reported on in the Belfast Telegraph, only 60 lorries will be allowed to cross if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead. Seamus Leheny said:

“It’s to stop the European market being flooded by hauliers from other countries who could possibly do it cheaper and undermine the internal market,”

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European drivers may be wary of cars that stop them from speeding

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Fully automated driving may be years away, but a new EU law being debated by legislators would mandate some semi-autonomous features in new cars, such as intelligent speed assistance. And the auto industry is worried about driver backlash.

In the 1970s, as the technology to automate vehicle transmission started being deployed on a wide scale in the United States, Europeans said no thank you.

Forty years later, that reticence to give up control over shifting gears has remained in Europe, where automatic cars make up only 20% of vehicles on the road today. Contrast that to the US, where 96% of vehicles are automatic.

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