This is Your Car Speaking…

Now your car gets to decide.

Ford is hoping to prevent accidents and speeding tickets by introducing cars that can see what the speed limit is and preventing heavy-footed motorists from driving any faster. Ford’s Intelligent Speed Limiter tech will first appear on the new Ford S-Max that’s launching in Europe that could just change the way that we drive.

And we all know liberals prefer anything that comes out of Europe as it’s more “civilized” than dirty, grungy, evil capitalist America. 🙂

This sounds like a great option to have if you know you’re a bit too easily tempted to slip over the speed limit, especially when driving in a new area. The local limit will be displayed in the car’s dash so if you missed a sign you can rest easy knowing the car didn’t.

Yeah, just trying “going the speed limit” on The Squawk Peak Freeway and watch people honk at you and go around you like you’re crawling along.

But it might be a good idea in Paradise Valley where they love speed traps. 🙂

Does it read School Zones? (apparently not as it has a lower limit of 20 mph so anything under that is your old school problem).

A camera mounted on the windshield scans the road signs on the sides of the highway and, when the vehicle enters a 20mph zone, the system reduces the top speed to match. Rather than controlling the speed with automatic braking, the car limits its own velocity by adjusting the amount of fuel being pushed to the engine.

If a burst of speed is required, however, users can either deactivate the system by pressing a button on the console or temporarily get past it with a hard press on the gas pedal. If the vehicle is coasting downhill and starts to build up speed, the car will sense its motion and sound an alarm to get you braking. It’s not the only bit of new safety tech available on the new whip, either, since deep-pocketed motorists can also get pedestrian detection and collision warnings. That frees drivers up to wonder why any car firm would call a car SMAX and think we wouldn’t notice.

Smacks of government intervention. So if you press the button to deactivate it and never re-activate it will there be a fine or penalty for that coming down the pike?? Or maybe your insurance will deny your claim?

Or when they decide that you can’t override it, “for your own good”?

Remember when Seat Belts “dinged” at you incessantly and they had to limit the time on them or else they’d ding until the cow’s come home?

The government and the manufacturers can only engineer so much of human behavior, for now.

But they will make it more like your living room to distract you though:

Ford has unveiled the Service Delivery Network, a cloud-based platform that uses Microsoft Azure to put internet services in your car, whether they’re app-based remote controls (like telling your car to warm up in the morning) or Sync updates.

So how long before we get anti-distraction software that says you can’t use it while driving because it’s unsafe? 🙂

And anybody else worried that all this technology is going to make for a less alert driver because the car is “watching out for you” so much you can do your nails or read the newspaper much more efficiently then?

Or is that just boring old, old/no “old fart” tech me??

oh, then theirs HACKERS:

Technology is slowly becoming integrated into many different aspects of cars, requiring an internet connection to function to its full potential – talking to nearby vehicles, being aware of road conditions, getting traffic data via the cloud – and we are increasingly closer to completely internet-dependent vehicles.

However, while cars are becoming more dependent on internet-connected technology – whether it’s in the dashboard, entertainment system, brakes, acceleration, lights and so on – cyber criminals are gaining a greater understanding of how to hack into web-based systems and therefore hijack cars powered in this way.

This essentially means being able to break into a vehicle without actually touching it, or taking control without being inside. (The inquirer)

Taking your car to the dealership because it was hacked (or “my car has a virus”), now that’s an auto repair bill too far, don’t you think?

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