It’s only available in the UK right now, but the Ford S-Max is utilizing a technology that hasn’t reached The States yet: it offers a cruise control setting that reads speed limit signs and keeps the vehicle at the posted maximum speed, thereby removing the risk of speeding. Borgman, just like Ford, gets excited about vehicle safety. Could this technology be coming to the US? What’re your thoughts on the technology?
How It Works
Called the Intelligent Speed Limiter, this cruise control setting reads signs with a camera mounted on the windscreen and automatically keeps the car at the posted speed. When slowing down, the vehicle doesn’t use the brake system – it is handled by fuel flow and cuts engine power. Just like any other cruise control setting, the driver can override it at anytime with acceleration. Remember that this is an optional setting; it does not mean that the car will always drive the limit. Only when you apply the Intelligent Speed Limiter will it monitor your speed according to signs.
The goal isn’t to control all drivers and keep them robotically following the speed limit. The goal is to simply minimize unintentional speeding when desired (which is why it is a setting, not a standard) as well as the number of speeding tickets being handed out. As Ford said in their press release, speeding can get costly when adding up fines, driving bans, and road accidents.
“Drivers are not always conscious of speeding and sometimes only becoming aware they were going too fast when they receive a fine in the mail or are pulled over by law enforcement,” said Stefan Kappes, active safety supervisor, Ford of Europe. “Intelligent Speed Limiter can remove one of the stresses of driving, helping ensure customers remain within the legal speed limit.”
Watch the video below to see how it works!