Government plans pre-fitted GPS devices on vehicles to restrain speed

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    Government plans pre-fitted GPS devices on vehicles to check speed

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    It's the perfect device to tame the speed devils of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), promising to do what the traffic police and speed cameras have not been able to: stop over-speeding, one of the biggest road killers.

    Private vehicles in India will soon come fitted with a GPS-based speed limiting device — already in use abroad where it is called Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) system — designed to prevent motorists from breaching legal speed limits. Once made mandatory by the government, automobile manufacturers will have to kit out vehicles with the device on the factory floor before selling them to buyers.

    The Union road transport and highway ministry has been testing the device over the last six months on accident-prone stretches in several cities with encouraging results. The device was tested on the roads of Delhi and Gurgaon, where over-speeding is second nature to motorists and high-speed road crashes are routine, last month.

    From the driver's seat, the device looks like this. Mounted at a suitable place on the dashboard, it looks like any GPS satellite navigation system or satnav. The device is fed by its manufacturer with a detailed road map of a city or place with the legal speed limit on each road.

    The GPS continuously tracks the vehicle's position and when the driver tries to breach the speed limit on a particular road, inbuilt systems cut fuel to the engine and slows vehicle to within legal limits.

    Let's say you are driving on Barakhamba road in the national capital, and data fed into the device says the speed limit is 40kmph. If you try to cross that speed, the device will automatically prevent you from doing so, doing away with the need to deploy traffic policemen or speed cameras to catch speed monsters.

    But rogue motorists tempted to tamper with the device, beware. "If you tamper with it, the device will go into default mode and, instead of letting you go fast, will slow the vehicle to frustratingly low speeds," warned a road transport and highway ministry official associated with the trial runs of the gadget aimed at bringing down the high fatalities in accidents on India's roads.

    India accounts for 10 per cent of the global road accident fatalities and attempts to enforce basic road safety regulations to tame rogue drivers have terribly failed. So the road transport and highway ministry is now keen to adopt the next-generation technological solution over deploying more traffic policemen and making penalties steeper to make the country's roads safer.

    Over-speeding accounts for one-third of accident deaths, followed by drunk-driving and overloading, globally. According to World Road Statistics (WRS) 2010, brought out by the International Road Federation (IRF), Geneva, India figures at the top in deaths due to road accidents, followed by China and the US. The automobile industry is excited about the GPS speed governor. "I personally welcome the move as a customer and not merely as a representative of automobile manufacturers," said Vishnu Mathur, director general of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.

    "Though the solution is technical, in a situation where you cannot enforce laws to regulate speed, technology is perhaps the right answer... it's a great move forward. But it needs to be added here that any such technological move in the automobile sector has to be made economically viable so as to suit customers," he said.

    The road transport and highway ministry admits that a lot of ground still has to be covered before it can seek the law ministry's approval for the proposal. "Once the law ministry approves the proposal, then manufacturers will be taken onboard to include the technology at the stage of production of vehicles and fix its cost. Next, we can move forward to notify it in the Motor Vehicles Act," an official said.

    The ministry, working with a government-run research body on the programme, says the feedback from the trials has been positive.

    Encouraged by the results, the ministry wants to extend the experiment to two-wheelers, whose riders make up a large portion of the victims who die in road accidents in India every year.

    The government is serious about successfully installing the device in two-wheelers as young riders, aged between 18 and 29, are the ones who patronise that segment.

    Government plans pre-fitted GPS devices on vehicles to check speed : North, News - India Today

    Get ready to be limited to 40km/h on empty street. Our speed is so pathetic that the govt should might aswell limit car till 3rd gear only :frusty:
     
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    what if you are driving in night where the speed limit is not logical but technically applicable.
     
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    Stay at 40km/h

    There will be more traffic congestion due to slow speed.
     
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    what if there is an emergency ? what if you have to overtake someone ? what if the roads are empty ?

    These people couldn't computerize traffic lights !
     
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    Stay at 40km/h

    Stay at 40km/h

    Stay at 40km/h

    Stay at 40km/h
     
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    good old desi jugaad will come within hours :troll:

    or Buy second hand cars
     
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    no doubt jugaad will come provided we shell out money needlessly.

    whoever thought of this should be shot! 40km/h is only speed limit for "main roads" while other roads in delhi have 25km/h speed limit officially :frusty:
     
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    best of luck getting autos and rickshaws to 40kmph :troll:
     
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    imo minimum speed limit should be 40km/h.

    :accepted:
     

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