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Monday, July 04, 2005

George Orwell Was British

Lately, the Brits have been proposing all kinds of improvements for their cars. Each "improvement", however, sounds more sinister than the last. The latest news comes from the Sunday Times. A system has been developed and tested which combines a GPS nav system with a database of speed limits, and has an interface to the ABS. When you exceed the speed limit, the system slows your car down by pressing on the brakes.

The system is not being pushed as a requirement, yet. It is being proposed as a voluntary system, which would allow people to get a discount on the congestion tax.

Could you imagine buying yourself a nice sporty car, knowing that Big Nanny will step on the brakes if you drive with too much enthusiasm? Would anyone still want to buy powerful cars?


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Anonymous said...

That's the point, to get the Brits into smaller, less powerful cars, and then eventually force them out of their cars altogether and onto public transportation.

Very sad.

Anonymous said...

I am wondering how to get access to the speed limit data base. My company has developed a speed limiting product that lets the driver (or driver's boss) set a predetermined speed. If we had access to such a data base, the device could be adjusted to set the limiting speed real-time dependent on where the driver is at any given location.