Status: 05.12.2023, 16:04 PM
Cars resemble moving computers with many sensors and control units. In 2024, a speed assist system will be added, which warns of excessive speed. What drivers have to be prepared for.
Speed assistants are not completely new: Since July 2022, the EU has been prescribing corresponding driving assistants in newly introduced vehicle types. From July 2024, it will be mandatory in every new car. You can't switch it off permanently.
Speed warning: It beeps, vibrates or presses
ISA – short for Intelligent Speed Assistance – is designed to help drivers comply with speed limits. If ISA detects an exceedance, the assistant alerts the driver. For example, a warning may light up in the field of vision or a warning tone may sound. It can also easily take the gas away by pressing or vibrating against the foot.
Important: With pure warning systems, the driver always remains in control. The assistant does not intervene in driving, i.e. it does not actively brake cars that are too fast. The EU regulation also allows for stricter interpretations. There are systems that, for example, throttle the injection supply when driving too fast. However, the following applies: In case of doubt, the driver can overrule the speed assistant.
Safety first – but everyday problems loom
The motivation behind the regulation: more safety by adhering to speed limits. The introduction of ISAs has the potential to drastically reduce traffic injuries, according to the European Road Safety Charter. According to the Federal Statistical Office, inappropriate speed was the cause of more than 37,000 accidents with personal injury in Germany alone last year.
However, there is a risk of double assistant trouble in everyday life: Depending on personal feelings, the warnings can be perceived as annoying or even distract the driver – which probably does not increase safety. At the same time, there are concerns from the industry about how reliably the technology works.
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ISA becomes a constant companion: you can't switch off the assistant permanently
One important detail to note: ISA cannot be permanently deactivated. This can be particularly annoying if the system is irritated by errors, for example by incorrectly determining the maximum permissible speed. This can happen if traffic signs are not properly recognized by the cameras.
Good to know: Some systems pull their information from map data from the navigation system – if this is not up-to-date, the assistant may annoy you with false reports. The only thing that helps is to update the card data regularly. However, there is a way to bypass the assistant: You can switch off the system when the car is restarted. However, this setting only applies to the respective trip.
Driver's license, black box and more: What else will change for drivers in 2024
Motorists will have to prepare for further changes in 2024. The following helpers will be compulsory:
- Emergency Brake Assist
- Drowsiness Alert
- Automatic Emergency Brake Lights
- Reversing Assistants
- Emergency Lane Departure Warning
An interface for alcohol-sensitive immobilizers, so-called "alcolocks", will then also be mandatory in new cars. From July, accident data recorders, so-called black boxes, will also be mandatory for new registrations - and there will also be some changes for motorists in 2024 when it comes to driving licences, insurance and the like. (same)