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Ford to launch speeding prevention tech on new S-max

Date: 24 March 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Ford has launched a system that it claims could prevent drivers exceeding speed limits when driving in their own country and abroad.

Known as Intelligent Speed Limiter (ISL), the device automatically adjusts the limiter to remain within changing speed limits on roads. The system is activated via a steering wheel control with a maximum speed set and is debuting on the new S-max.

ISL then uses a windscreen-mounted camera to monitor road signs. When the speed limit is lower than the maximum set speed, the device will slow the car to the required speed. Ford said it slows the vehicle by restricting the fuel supply to the engine rather than applying brakes.

The system is effective between 20-120mph, and can be overridden by the driver pressing firmly on the accelerator. When there is a large distance between speed limit signs, the system communicates with the navigation unit to maintain the speed.

"We're not just developing cars at Ford, we're also developing technologies to make driving more convenient, safer, and ultimately help improve mobility around the world," said Pim van der Jagt, executive technical leader, Ford research & advanced engineering.

"Innovative systems like Intelligent Speed Limiter, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, and Active Park Assist are making the benefits of semi-autonomous technology accessible to everyone," said Van der Jagt.