EU Exploring Scheme to Install Speed-Limiting Devices on Cars

By:  Alex Newman
09/06/2013
       
EU Exploring Scheme to Install Speed-Limiting Devices on Cars

Another example of the EU gone wild just hit the headlines: the super-state is now considering installing speed-limit devices on cars.

As the deeply unpopular Brussels-based European Union continues to usurp unprecedented powers over citizens and formerly sovereign national governments, another example of the EU gone wild just hit the headlines. Under its latest controversial scheming, supposedly aimed at improving “road safety,” all civilian cars within the 28-member state bloc could be fitted with a device to prevent speeding — essentially preventing any speed in excess of 70 miles per hour through automatic controls.

Critics, including senior U.K. officials, are already lambasting the idea, with more than a few invoking the name of George Orwell and his infamous “Big Brother.” Opponents say it is an invasion of privacy, a potential safety hazard, the wild ideas of a nanny state in need of restraint, and more. The increasingly out-of-control EU, meanwhile, is defending its consideration of the scheme while claiming that a flurry of British media accounts about it are misleading. 

According to multiple news reports and documents about the technology, one alternative under consideration is a system that would work by using cameras in cars to detect speeding. If a vehicle is traveling faster than the speed limit, the car could start automatically applying the brakes — or at least loudly warning the driver to slow down under the less-Orwellian version of the schemes. Much of the technology to remotely control a car, which can be accessed by both hackers and governments, is already in cars today.

The controversial plan could also involve the use of satellites, which would reportedly communicate automatically with the vehicle and ensure that speed regulations are being obeyed. If approved, car manufacturers could be forced to install the devices on their new products, though in practice, much of the technology is already standard. Various reports also suggested that owners of existing cars could be forced to fit them with the speed-limiting technology.   

However, before a formal proposal has even been announced, British media accounts said that U.K. Transportation Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is already expressing his firm opposition to the plan. An unnamed “government source” reportedly told the Mail on Sunday that U.K. officials had been instructed to oppose the schemes because they “violated” motorists’ freedom.

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