30 Dec 2008 12:12:04
Speed limit device 'could reduce carbon emissions'
A new report has suggested that cars should be fitted with a speed limit device which would help to cut carbon emissions and keep the roads safer.
Transport experts have said that as well as making cars greener, the technology would reduce road accidents with injuries by 29 per cent.
The device works by using satellite technology to decipher whether a car is going over a speed limit and automatically reducing power if this is the case.
It can also apply pressure to the breaks if necessary.
However, concerns have been raised by some organisations which claim that the technology could be dangerous as it takes responsibility away from the driver.
Claire Armstrong, from the road safety charity Safe Speed told the BBC that previous tests with truck drivers show they can "go into fatigue mode or zombie mode".
The gadget was trialled by the Commission for Integrated Transport and the Motorists' Forum which both believe it should be more widely introduced. http://www.cfit.gov.uk/docs/2008/isa/index.htm