Drivers are concerned that the use of Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) will compromise safety, according to a poll conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
The IAM references an article in The Guardian which suggests that the EU is considering introducing a requirement for ISA technology to be installed in new vehicles. The technology would be capable of detecting limits through cameras or satellites and automatically applying the brakes. The Guardian piece also suggests that it could be mandatory for the technology to be retro-fitted to existing vehicles.
In an IAM poll of 690 drivers, 78% of respondents do not support the retro-fitting of ISA technology, while 57% feel that the technology will not have a positive impact on road safety in terms of reducing crashes and casualties.
However, the IAM says the survey shows “overwhelming support” for ISA when vehicle control remains with the driver. 67% of respondents said they would prefer ISA to operate with warning messages, but no control of the vehicle.
In terms of benefits of ISA, 52% of respondents thought it would reduce the likelihood of speeding convictions and would result in less money spent on traffic calming measures such as road humps.
31% of respondents feel that ISA should be restricted to younger drivers, newly qualified drivers and drivers with previous road-related convictions.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “ISA could help to save lives but it’s clear that drivers remain dubious about the benefits of the technology. More research into the benefits would help to reassure the public that this will improve road safety.
“Unfortunately, over a third of respondents see this as a way of controlling drivers. I believe if drivers are trained properly and have access to on-going learning, the Government would not need to enforce ISA.”
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