Autobahn, Geschwindigkeit, Tempolimit, Geschwindigkeitsassistent, ISA

Speed ​​assistant limits new cars from 2024

The EU wants to prepare road transport for tomorrow’s mobility. To this end, the EU has now issued a directive to introduce the intelligent speed assistant ISA. But what does this mean for road traffic in Germany?

Speed ​​limits on German autobahns are a hotly debated topic. And also in Europe, Germany is largely alone without such a speed limit.

But that could change now. Then new EU directive stipulates that car manufacturers must equip their new cars with ISA Intelligent Speed ​​Assist, a speed limiter technology.

What is hidden behind the ISA speed assistant?

Through Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance, or ISA for short, the EU wants to “support the transport sector in preparing for the mobility of tomorrow”.

The aim is to reduce traffic accidents and protect Europeans from “poor air quality and climate change”.

The introduction of ISA is a significant step forward for road safety and has the potential to drastically reduce road injuries and deaths.

The European Union is therefore introducing a mandatory ISA speed assistant from July 2024. From this point on, the new technology must be installed in new cars.

What can an ISA do?

The ISA system works through cameras mounted on the front of the vehicle. But the speed assistant also has access to GPS data.

The intelligent system has two alarm modes. For example, it can issue an audio or vibration warning when the speed limit is exceeded.

The system can also send an alert to the driver when he steps on the gas pedal. This allows the pedal to “gently push the driver’s foot back”.

In this way, drivers can be reminded to drive more slowly. If you don’t want it, you can bypass the assistant by pressing the pedal a little harder.

This is exactly how the speed control of the ISA system works. Drivers can also take countermeasures here if the vehicle automatically slows down.

The EU notes in its press release that the speed is only “slightly reduced”. The system also never interferes with the vehicle’s braking system.

What does the system mean for possible speed limits?

Of course, the introduction of the ISA system cannot be equated with a general speed limit on German highways.

Yet according to a survey on speed limits on German autobahns The Germans wouldn’t mind an introduction.

Accordingly, 42 percent of respondents said that speed limits of 130 km/h should definitely be introduced on German autobahns. Another 22 percent were “rather in favor.” Only about 21 percent of respondents completely rejected the speed limit.

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