Technology uses GPS to detect areas with lower speed limits, such as school zones
Drivers will be able to override the system if they need to drive faster than the limit
New zones can be added by the driver
Ford is working on new technology in Europe that is designed to help drivers avoid speeding by using GPS to determine the local speed limit.
Ford engineers in Germany are currently testing this technology called Geofencing Speed Limit Control on two E-Transit electric vans.
The aim of the system is to make the roads safer and to help the driver avoid fines caused by excessive speeding.
Unlike current technology that allows cars to detect traffic signs and display the speed limit on the dashboard, this system uses GPS to determine the vehicle’s position on the road network, which is divided into zones. virtual speed.
This has the advantage of working even if the traffic sign is missing or damaged, as well as letting the vehicle know the correct speed immediately on a new road, eliminating the guesswork that is sometimes needed until a sign is signaling is encountered.
This means that when entering a new speed zone, the vehicle will automatically adapt its speed to the limit of the zone. This is especially useful when driving on a road where the limit changes often or when driving around schools.
However, this system will not completely remove the driver’s control over their vehicle’s speed, as Ford says drivers will be able to override the technology at any time.
In addition, drivers who rely on this system to ensure that they are always driving at the right speed will be able to configure their own speed zones which will be recognized by the vehicle just like the predetermined ones.
This technology is currently only being tested in Europe, but it is possible that it will make its way to North America if the tests are conclusive.