A bill in the New York State Senate would require new cars to be equipped with speed-limiting technology

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A New York state senator has proposed legislation that would force automakers to adapt Speed ​​Limit technology to new cars. If the bill passes, any passenger vehicle built after Jan. 1, 2024 and registered in the state will need to have “advanced safety technology.”

“Studies have shown that Intelligent Speed ​​Assist (ISA) alone can reduce road fatalities by 20%,” reads the legislation, which was submitted by State Senator Brad Hoylman. “This, in addition to Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB), Emergency Lane Keeping Systems (ELKS), Drowsiness and Distraction Recognition Technology and Rear-View Cameras, would help prevent accident in the first place.”

The bill notes that there were 270 traffic-related deaths on New York City streets in 2021, up from 243 the previous year. NYC is now an ISA system in 50 urban fleet vehicles.

As points out, ISA technology is widely used in Europe. Ford’s version allows drivers to set a maximum speed. It can also limit speed to within five miles per hour of a posted limit. However, the technology is optional and drivers can turn it off. All new cars in the European Union .

The New York bill also seeks to introduce new rules for vehicles weighing more than 3,000 pounds. It “would limit blind spots and set standards for direct visibility of pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users from the driving position, minimizing blind spots in front and to the side of the driver”.

If Hoylman’s legislation is passed, it could have a wider impact across the United States. With automakers dealing with regulations in 50 states, they often tend to follow the stricter rule to avoid having to adapt their vehicles to different jurisdictions. We’ve seen this happen with emissions, with manufacturers choosing to comply with California standards across the United States.

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