Ford recently announced that its new S-Max vehicle will offer intelligent speed limiter technology, which reportedly reads traffic signs and automatically adjusts its speed to stay within the legal limit. In last week's CI CyberNews CyberPoll, we asked readers if this technology is a good idea. Here's a breakout of the responses:
- 50%: No, it's not a good idea.
- 33.3%: Maybe; I'm not sure.
- 16.7%: Yes, it has a lot of potential.
"If you can turn it off."
"Instances where a driver actually has no other option but to briefly accelerate above the limit to avoid an accident are rare, but they do exist. Even if a limiter can be turned off, those extra fractions of a second could mean the difference between life and death. This speed limiter technology is probably a bad idea.
While machines have access to senses that people do not, can pay full attention all the time without getting bored, and can react more quickly, people are still much better decision-makers than machines. The focus of new technologies should be to leverage what machines are better at to assist people, not control people."
"People will hate it. And it would prevent the driver from speeding up to avoid a near accident or other hazard."
"May be okay if it can be turned off by the vehicle owner."
"This has accident waiting to happen written all over it. This is what happens when designers/engineers have too much time on their hands; a ludicrous concept!"
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