Ford Motors has announced plans to release a speed-limit enforcing car. The Ford S-max is capable of identifying speed signs and automatically adjusting the speed. The new feature, called the Intelligent Speed Limiter, was announced by the European branch of the Ford Motor Company but is expected to be available worldwide.
The system does not apply the brakes but smoothly controls engine torque by electronically adjusting the amount of fuel delivered,” said Ford in a press release.
While the new technology may be the cutting edge of car safety, some drivers may find the feature unappealing. Ford has included an override for drivers who have a need for speed. Drivers can simply press down on the accelerator when the car begins to slow automatically. The new feature is therefore more of a polite suggestion to inattentive drivers.
Drivers are not always conscious of speeding and sometimes only becoming aware they were going too fast when they receive a fine in the mail or are pulled over by law enforcement,” said Ford of Europe’s safety supervisor Stefan Kappes.
Nevertheless, the car’s ability to intake speed limit information and act upon it, may be one more step toward a fully automated self-driving car.