A driver’s license, seat belt or ABS is something so common these days. car driving that we forget that at that time they did not exist as such. Moreover, it is surprising that the General Directorate of Traffic did not force the use of safety belt in Spain until 1974 on the road. And in urban areas until 1992. In the same year, he was also forced to use rear seat belt. But technology is advancing and making driving safer. Forcing, in turn, to update the current rules for avoid accidents. And the nth change is due to Speed ​​limit. To keep an eye on this, the cars of tomorrow will include what is known as isa system.

Actually, this is not something exclusive to the General Directorate of Road Traffic, a state body created in the summer of 1959. The ISA system came to us from Europe, or rather, from the European Commission. ISA is an acronym for Intelligent speed adaptationwhat can we translate as intelligent speed adaptation. In Spain, the DGT itself has taken to calling it the intelligent speed assistant. Or also an intelligent speed assistant ISA. Paradoxically, in English this concept coincides with the abbreviation ISA, therefore it is used in both cases.

But let’s get down to business. What is an ISA system? dohow will it affect you as a driver and/or vehicle owner? How much time do I have to solve this driving problem that will affect Spain and Europe generally?

ISA system and speed limit

We said that ISA is an acronym for Intelligent speed adaptation, in Spanish Intelligent speed adaptation. As the European Commission itself explained on its official website, the ISA system is integrated into the vehicle and assistance to drivers keep the speed limit. Interestingly, the acronym itself is also applied to an intelligent speed assistant or Intelligent speed assistant.

In short, ISA is a rate limiter. A security system available on some car models, but like many other technologies, not yet in all. car park. There are technically different ways to make the ISA system possible. In short, with this help integrated into the car, we get visible or audible warning when we’re speeding. This is if the system is open. We can also find the closed ISA mode, which automatically limit speed. In the middle is the ISA system, which increases the pressure on the accelerator pedal when we exceed the speed.

Regardless of the ISA system built into the vehicle, it is currently an add-on reserved for mid or high ranges From cars. In most cases, the driver himself enters the speed limit manually. In newer models, information is external or given built-in cameras in the car. Be that as it may, it is not present on all models. This is where the European Union and, as such, the Spanish Directorate General of Road Traffic comes into play.

From Complement to Commitment

As indicated by the General Directorate of Road Traffic in its official Twitter account, as of 2022. new approved vehicles in Europe” you will need to “carry the intelligent speed assistant ISA”. And since 2024 new cars sold within European borders. The commentary itself states that the chosen ISA system “warns the driver when he exceeds legal limits.” In other words, the European Commission has chosen an open ISA system. notify the driver speeding, but the driver himself must reduce the speed.

It is speed limiting that is one of the easiest measures to implement and gives the best results in terms of accident reduction on the highway or in urban areas. at a lower speed great responsiveness in the event of a possible accident, collision or other unforeseen incidents that the driver may encounter on a daily basis.

Thus, the European Parliament approved in 2019 a new regulation introducing the ISA system. It also lists some of the minimum requirements that vehicles must meet, circulate throughout the European territory. Among the requirements, the system must warn the driver your speeding. Also, should allow shutdown and, in turn, are activated when the car is started. Another requirement is that speed limit information be obtained from road signs or electronic map data. Or both. And finally, it should not prevent the driver from exceeding the speed limit.

Thus, the ISA system will provide the driver with information about the speed limit, but he will be the one to make the final decision. Even if the implemented system independently limits the speed, the last word will be with the driver. and you can disable this lock. From there, the relevant laws and regulations will lead to sanctions or warnings from the authorities.

Additional tools for accident prevention

The ultimate goal of implementing an ISA system and thus strengthening enforcement of the speed limit is avoid traffic accidents, especially those that end in deceased. As we have said, at a lower speed there are more chances to avoid an accident. But if this is the case, then at a lower speed it is more likely that victims survive.

According to the European Parliament, this measure could prevent up to 25,000 deaths and more than 140,000 serious injuries on European roads in the next 18 years. And there are more elements to achieve this than make driving a less dangerous task. Or at least warn the driver.

And it lies in the fact that, according to the Main Directorate of Road Traffic itself, as of May 2021, the average speed with which drivers reported exceeding exceeded 29 kilometers per hour up to the legal limit. So in Spain since May speed limit on city roads It is from 20 to 50 kilometers per hour. According to the DGT, this would “reduce the risk of being killed in an accident by 80%.”

Together with the ISA system, technologies aimed at improving driving safety will be introduced from 2022. Of these, the rear camera that detects cross trafficdetector fatigue, drowsiness, or loss of focus driver, emergency braking and lane change alert. The vehicle lock will also be enabled if the driver tests positive for alcohol consumption and one black box making it easier to investigate after a car accident. And finally, the alarm for unfastened seat belts in the rear seats. In fact, most of these measures are already included in certain car models. But the ultimate goal of the European Union is to must be enabled in any vehicle circulating in Europe.

This is an updated version of an article previously published in Hipertextual.

Source: Hiper Textual

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