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Automatic Speeding Control

Obey the Speed Limit or Suffer the Consequences
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Every new car in the future will be installed with the ASC device which deters speeding motorists from breaking speed limits anywhere, anytime. This handy little unit gives only one warning to slow down. If you break the limit a second time, your seat automatically ejects from the vehicle and detonates at a comfortable 5,000 feet. The remaining piece of car pulls to the side of the road and sends a homing signal to the local authorities and notification to your next of kin. It may take a while to catch on, but once the first few people explode, speed laws will be obeyed entirely and without question.
emkayande, Oct 10 2001

Steering Wheel Spike http://www.halfbake...ering-Wheel_20Spike
[stupop, Oct 10 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Intelligent Speed Adaption http://news.bbc.co....d_590000/590387.stm
[stupop, Oct 10 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       A bit severe, isn't it? Croissant as though I weren't a speeder, though.
Deity, Oct 10 2001

       Somewhat Draconian, but Harsh can also be fair! I give it a pastry, just for the mental image of some poor fool flying high into the air on his ferrari seat wondering why he didnt obey the voice of the car!
The_Englishman_Abroad, Oct 10 2001

       How does your device intend to tell what the speed limit is? If it's hardcoded, it's only a matter of time before someone rips it to bits and reprogrammes it. Besides, speed limits vary wildly.   

       UB wrote: «No. Teach your elf to drive.»
Where's El Pedanto when we need him?
cp, Oct 10 2001

       I've got mental elf problems and therefore would not trust my elf in a car.   

       It's interesting that this should come up as just yesterday I was reading an article about new ITS (intelligent transport systems) which said that the DTLR have funded academic research has shown the feasibility of providing 'intelligent speed adaption' (ISA) in motor vehicles. The system prevents any car from exceeding the speed limit and forcibly slows a vehicle that attempts to do so. The system works by using a satellite global positioning system and digital maps to work out when the car is entering a new speed limit. As it does so a dashboard display gives a visual and audible warning to the driver. If the driver fails to slow down, the fuel supply is reduced and brakes applied. It is also possible to give warning at special locations such as schools. If DTLR decide to go ahead with the technique it will be trialed by Transport for London. I'm not sure why they ruled out the ejector seat idea though, personally I'm quite a fan of the 'danger of death' incentive, as in the Steering Wheel Spike (see link).
stupop, Oct 10 2001

       My previous pet solution for this was to fire missiles to destroy speeding cars, which could be mounted on top of speed cameras, but this had the problem of leaving too much debris on the road. This idea is more elegant although people could tamper with the road signs and retire to watch the resulting fireworks from a safe distance.
Aristotle, Oct 10 2001

       Wow, an explosion idea with 8 annotations and not a single mention of me...oh, how the times have changed.
However, my only problem with speeding is that not everybody does it.

Just as I went to fishbone this, I started thinking about the scene in Top Gun where Goose and Maverick eject from their plane and Goose slams his head in the glass. "Goose!" Maverick cries, but it's too late; Lex Luthor has him already, and his plans to take over the universe are already running in full speed.
AfroAssault, Oct 10 2001

       According to last week's Electronics Times (1 Oct), the new European Union transport white paper includes proposals for car speed limiting technology linked to transmitters in road signs. And for black boxes in cars. I'll try to find a link.
pottedstu, Oct 10 2001

       If all vehicles are going to be speed-controlled by the government, then what's the point of having a personal vehicle anyway. Might as well just ban all personal transit and develop public transit.   

       Big Fishbone. If I could fishbone this 1,000 times I would.   

       Surely most of the support here is sarcastic?
quarterbaker, Oct 10 2001

       I suppose it does raise the question of civil liberties. I think they will have an over-ride capability if they ever bring anything like this in though.
stupop, Oct 10 2001

       quarterbaker: surely you've been around here long enough to know anything with explosions gets lots of croissants.
pottedstu, Oct 10 2001

       Lame. We already have the "automatic speed governor" idea; this just adds cruel & unusual punishment.
Apparently there are enough other readers who share the feeling of helplessness that this kind of revenge phantasy feeds on.
jutta, Oct 10 2001

       Considering this is merely my first week exploring the joys of HalfBakery and the intrigue of those who leave comments, I'd say I'm doin' alright. Given time, I am sure I can come up with several much more ridiculous ideas for you all to either welcome with open arms or bash unabashedly.
emkayande, Oct 11 2001

       snarfyguy- that comment sidetracked me to the point where I wasn't sure what this idea was about anymore, and had to scroll up to see it again. What are you talking about? I'm sure it made sense, but the string of words used somehow bewildered me.
AfroAssault, Oct 11 2001


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