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Call for ISA to become standard

16 February 2016

The European Transport Safety Council* (ETSC) has produced a new film calling for over-ridable Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) to become a standard feature on all new vehicles in Europe. The five-minute video has been launched as the European Commission continues work on the development of the next generation of vehicle safety standards, expected to be launched later this year. ISA uses speed sign-recognition video camera or GPS-linked speed limit data to advise drivers of the current speed limit; the most advanced systems can automatically limit the speed of the vehicle as needed. Drivers are still able to override the system.

A major study for the Commission published last year by consultants TRL found that Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) is one of several new vehicle technologies that are now suitable for mandatory fitting on new cars as they are ‘feasible in terms of the technology required’, already available on the market and offer a positive benefit-cost ratio.