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Postby JTWood » Sat Dec 03, 2005 8:11 pm

CNN.com wrote:Report: Canada testing device that alerts drivers whenever the exceed speed limits.

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Canadian auto regulators are testing a system that would enforce speed limits by making it harder to push down the car's gas pedal once the speed limit is passed, according to a newspaper report.

The system being tested by Transport Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Department of Transportation, uses a global positioning satellite device installed in the car to monitor the car's speed and position. If the car begins to significantly exceed the speed limit for the road on which it's travelling the system responds by making it harder to depress the gas pedal, according to a story posted on the Toronto Globe and Mail's Website.

The pilot test, using 10 cars driven by volunteers, is believed to be the first in North America, although similar systems have been tested in several European countries, according to the newspaper.

The agency is also testing another system that warns drivers with a voice alarm and a light whenever they start to speed, the newspaper said. Those systems are already on sale, according to the report. The company that makes the alarm device, the Otto Driving Companion, has already sold 400 of the units in Winnipeg alone, the newspaper said.

I'm waiting for the first lawsuit after an old lady is plowed because this thing malfunctions and prevents her from being able to accelerate at a highway merge.
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Postby Half Massed » Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:48 pm

Yeah, this doesn't seem to be the bestest of ideas... I think it'll cause more problems than it'll prevent.
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Postby curious_george_43545 » Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:49 pm

those wacky cananadians
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Postby Madison » Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:07 pm

What's next? Instant speeding tickets via satellite?

Put me down as against this idea. Could cause problems, and the government doesn't need to be monitoring how fast I'm driving. :-t
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Postby LooseCannon » Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:40 am

voice alarm



That would be annoying as hell. THose Canadians :-t ;-)
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Postby HiddenIdentity » Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:53 am

It does say "significantly exceed" so depending on what that means, it might not be so bad. I mean, its not going to stop you, just make it harder. I would say if it took over for anything over 80-90 MPH, then it wouldn't be so bad. But then again, I don't drive,
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Postby Pedantic » Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:26 am

90 mph is, like, the minimum speed limit on those vast, open highways. Which constitute 99 percent of Canada's roads. Needless to say, bad idea. :-D
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Re: Our Northern Brethren Are At It Again

Postby WharfRat » Sun Dec 04, 2005 10:42 am

CNN.com wrote:If the car begins to significantly exceed the speed limit for the road on which it's travelling the system responds by making it harder to depress the gas pedal


It actually doesn't sound that bad, if I'm interpreting this right. If by "significantly exceed" means 15-20 mph over the limit, then all they'd be doing is curtailing the reckless drivers. And it also sounds like they would account for the road. So you could go 90 on one of those high-speed expressways, but not in a suburban neighborhood. Interesting concept, and who knows, it might make driving safer.
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Postby Coppermine » Sun Dec 04, 2005 1:35 pm

Pedantic wrote:90 mph is, like, the minimum speed limit on those vast, open highways. Which constitute 99 percent of Canada's roads. Needless to say, bad idea. :-D


Yeah, but the vast majority of people who live in Canada live near a large city and isn't the national speed limit 100 km/h? Last time I was there, every highway ws 100 km/h and that equals about 60 mph.

Hardly 90.
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Postby kimchi_chigae » Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:35 am

you guys are just jealous that we won't have any more car accidents in the country. :^
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