[NetBehaviour] Forget cameras - spy device will cut drivers' speed by satellite

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Jul 4 16:11:12 CEST 2005

*Forget cameras - spy device will cut drivers' speed by satellite*

Dipesh Gadher, Transport Correspondent

IT IS the ultimate back seat driver. Motorists face having their cars 
fitted with a "spy" device that stops speeding.

The satellite-based system will monitor the speed limit and apply the 
brakes or cut out the accelerator if the driver tries to exceed it. A 
government-funded trial has concluded that the scheme promotes safer 

Drivers in London could be among the first to have the "speed spy" 
devices fitted. They would be offered a discount on the congestion 
charge if they use the system.

The move follows a six-month trial in Leeds using 20 modified Skoda 
Fabias, which found that volunteer drivers paid more attention as well 
keeping to the speed limit. More than 1,000 lives a year could be saved 
if the system was fitted to all Britain's cars, say academics at Leeds 
University, who ran the trial on behalf of the Department for Transport 

It is part of a two-year research project into "intelligent speed 
adaptation" (ISA), which the department is funding at a cost of £2m. 
Results of the initial trial will be presented to ministers this week.

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