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I like this idea, only I think it should be run by the government.
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Sometimes when driving on a near empty highway, or
road, the speed limit feels way too restrictive.
What would be nice if there is a device, that can
with a highway or freeway sensors, and if there is not
many cars on the road... can authorize the car driver to
legally drive over
the nominal speed limit.
During 'authorized speeding', the device will flash it's LED
and display the updated temporary speed limit. It would
also alert you, on how far the next car ahead is, so you
be warned when the 'speeding authorization' is going to
This authorization is dependent on car spacing, and could
perhaps require the driver to drive in the middle lane
Also getting the device could be gotten by paying a bit
extra to get advance driving lesson. If caught speeding
often without permission, you would not be allowed to
use this device.
This is good for speed freaks who likes to stay within the
law, but is frustrated at lame speed limits on empty
roads. And also provides incentives to stick within the
What is zimmerframes?
Stuff for old people [mofosyne, Oct 21 2014]
||Is there a Zimmer frame application?
||NB just a minor point but it's in the public:city category
||//authorization is dependent on car spacing
||And road bend radius, surface conditions, moose sightings, sun position, presence/absence of a centre median/divider, etc.
||You might have a problem with pedestrians or bicyclists trying to cross
that empty road, who can't be expected to be carrying the devices
needed to let your authorized-speeding device know they are there.
||I assumed this would only be used on limited access
highways, and only in areas without deer or moose.
||I fear this is just a different way of thinking of the
limit system. We already have a maximum limit,
revise that downward when driving conditions
the ideal. You're suggesting having a limit that you
upward when conditions improve and presumably
when things get worse.
||Isn't the speed limit as it currently is, designed for the worst
||And the worst case car... You mention keeping
separation. But maybe the system could take into
account other vehicles. Say there is a modern
pickup truck that can safely do 85 mph down some
road, but you're in a sports car that can safely do
100 mph. As you come up behind the truck, the
truck is notified to slow to 70 (the normal speed
limit) and pull to the right, and you're notified to
slow to 80. After you pass, both of your speed
limits are increased again.
||All highways should be autobahn.
||This lends itself to automated vehicles, which could also
change speed depending on proximity of stationary or
moving obstacles. I imagine, in the not too distant future,
trains of independently automated vehicles with a few
inches between them, and communications between all
of them and other road users. Such trains would be
efficient due to reduced frontal area, and be able to
travel at speeds which would make existing road speeds
appear rather slow. A full network of these vehicles
would not require traffic lights or speed limit signs. Your
grandchildren would ask you "You mean, you actually
used to steer an autocar down the road by yourself?
Wasn't that dangerous?"
||Still nothing on the Zimmer frame application. The public has a right to know.
||Zimmer(man) was framed by the NSA!