ETSC hopeful of first step towards Intelligent Speed Assistance
As of 2009, Euro NCAP produces one overall star rating for each car tested with a maximum of five stars. The results include scores for a new area called safety assist, under which Euro NCAP awards for seatbelt reminders, but also the standard fitment of Electronic Stability Control and speed limiters.
A driver-set speed limitation device is standard across the C4 model range, allowing drivers to manually set the maximum speed they do not wish to exceed.
ETSC says it welcomes the allocation of additional points for the fitment of speed limiters and the fact that for the first
time a car has had its score increased for the fitment of this technology, which it says will serve as an incentive for manufacturers to equip their vehicles with speed limitation devices.
In a statement it added that it hopes that this can be a first step towards the future market penetration of an even more advanced speed limitation technology: Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA).
The organisation said: 'ISA has clearly been identified as a piece of equipment that has one of the biggest life-saving, injury prevention, and CO2 emissions reduction potential. Research and development of ISA systems has been conducted over many years, and ISA systems are now mature and low-cost products ready for their long-awaited market penetration.'
It added: 'The inclusion in the European Commission’s new road safety policy orientations of the development of “in-vehicle systems providing real-time information on prevailing speed limits” is also welcomed as a step in the right direction.'