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Intelligent Speed ​​Assist (ISA) becomes mandatory for new car models across Europe

The EU has been proactive in working to improve road safety and mobility for Europeans and their transport sector. In 2019, the General Vehicle Safety Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 provided the necessary legislative framework to protect European Union (EU) residents from road accidents, poor air quality and climate change while maintaining the competitiveness of the European automotive industry in the market. . The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) had promoted the ISA system after a 2014 Norwegian study found it effective against road accidents and fatalities.

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From today, the integration of Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance (ISA) technology has become mandatory for all new car models and vehicles introduced to the EU market. Under the said law, no ISA-free vehicles will be sold in the EU after the July 2024 deadline.

Basically, the ISA uses the car’s cameras to recognize traffic signs and/or GPS-related map data, and other methods to check if the car is exceeding the speed limit. In this case, it does not automatically apply the brakes. Rather, it warns the driver in a number of ways, including limiting the speed of the car by decreasing engine power to bring it back within stipulated speed limits.

With the availability of hardware on most new vehicles such as GPS, front and rear cameras and manual speed limit systems, ISA can be easily integrated by the required addition of software.

ISA regulations provide car manufacturers with four options for systems feedback to the driver, namely Acoustic Waterfall Warning, Vibration Waterfall Warning, Haptic Feedback via accelerator pedal and Cruise Control function. speed.

Cascading acoustic or vibrating warnings are non-invasive. They first provide an optical warning, then a delayed acoustic/vibration warning if no response is received from the driver.

Haptic feedback and speed control work through the restoring force of the accelerator pedal. It can gently push the driver’s foot away to make them aware of speeding. The driver can, however, override it by pressing slightly deeper on the pedal.

The importance of adopting automotive safety technologies cannot be overstated. According to the ETSC, the ISA system should reduce collisions by 30% and fatalities by 20%. In addition, a drastic reduction in speeding tickets is a plus for drivers.

A list of cars with ISA installed is also available on ETSC’s ISA page.

Source: ETSC and European Road Safety Charter