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TechnoBuffalo’s Driven: Europe Considers Speed Limiters

by Brandon Russell | September 5, 2013September 5, 2013 1:30 pm EST

What if the government could control how fast you drive? The EU apparently wants to do just that, with a new proposal saying that all cars could be fitted with devices that limit vehicles from surpassing 70mph. There’s no denying such a measure would keep some maniacs under control, and could even cut some vehicle-related deaths. But the EU’s plan is so terribly flawed that could wind up doing more harm than good if passed.

Traffic laws are there to be obeyed, yet some people disregard them as mere guidelines, like pirate code. The government doesn’t have the resources to reprimand every last infraction, so the EU is proposing speed limiters be installed on every new vehicle in hopes of stopping potential accidents. But while the proposal on paper seems pragmatic, the issue could have far more negative consequences.

For Jon’s thoughts on the proposal, good and bad, check out the full episode of TechnoBuffalo’s Driven, and don’t forget to head over to The TechFeed channel on YouTube for even more episodes.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.