Last year, the Swedish Volvo decided to limit the speed of its new models. Now Dacia and Renault are being added, whose models will also not travel more than 180 km / h. Reason? Traffic Safety.
Electronic speed limiters appeared more extensively in cars in the 1990s. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes then concluded a gentleman's agreement that their cars will not travel more than 250 km / h. It sticks to this day and customers don't seem to mind, because 250 is still quite a decent piece of cake. Of course, many AMG, M, or RS models from the above-mentioned German trefoil travel over 300 km / h, but they usually have an unlocked limiter for a fee, or its maximum is shifted.
Last year, the Swedish Volvo chose a somewhat conservative speed limit for its models - 180 km / h. Of course, even that is more than enough in most situations, notably when, apart from the German motorways and the British Isle of Man, there is no unlimited speed for cars anywhere in Europe. However, it is important to realize that on the one hand, high speed is not the most common cause of accidents, on the other hand, it will probably be redesigned by reprogramming the appropriate control unit (or you will drive an older M3 or Cayman). But most importantly: it breaks the trust between car manufacturers and drivers.
After Volvo, Dacia and Renault have spoken this year, introducing the same top speed for the new models (this will not apply to Alpine sports models; we don't know much about the future of the Mégane RS yet, it may not even happen). The introduction of an electronically limited speed may have a hidden reason, which is to save development costs. It is not necessary for all electronic systems to work for 250 km / h when a speed 70 km / h lower will suffice. And it is also possible to refer to today's saving of the planet more than ever abused: a car driving 180 consumes less fuel than if you fly two hundred or faster.
According to the head of the Lucy de Mea Group, Renault and Dacia will also offer a function in some markets in the future that monitors and evaluates the driver's driving. This data will then reach the insurance company, which will reduce the premiums for safe drivers. The question is how it will be possible to accurately evaluate the (in) safety of the control from the sensors. Even slow driving is sometimes dangerous and a lot of driving maneuvers with current technologies, the car is not able to comprehensively analyze.
However, all of the above can bring an avalanche in Europe, when speed on the roads will be limited in the interests of safety. At the same time, everyone who has ever driven on the German motorway knows that safety can work even with the confidence of motorists. How long it will work is a question.