Cars That Can't Speed? Why Europeans Might Never Get Another Speeding Ticket.

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Sept. 2 2013 4:42 PM

Cars That Can't Speed? Why Europeans Might Never Get Another Speeding Ticket.

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Cars line up on the motorway near Le Mans in western France.

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If you’re a driver in France, or Germany, soon you may not have to worry about getting a speeding ticket ever again. On the other hand, you also may never be on time again. That’s because the European Union is looking to introduce a new law requiring cars to come fitted with technology that would keep drivers from going over the speed limit.

Under the proposal, new cars would come complete with cameras that could read roadside speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when a driver goes over the speed limit. Alternatively, the new tech-savvy automobiles can simply have the speed limit beamed directly to the moving car via satellite. In the U.K., for example, that would mean cars could not go more than 70 miles-per-hour.

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Europe’s transportation authority wants to install the intelligent speed technology in an effort to cut traffic fatalities by one-third by 2020. More than 30,000 people die, and 1.5 million are injured, on E.U. roads every year, according to the Guardian.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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