The Absolute Solution To Excessive Fatal Speed On Our Highways
Intelligent Speed Adaptation In Practice
In various other Hubs such as Ban Hayabusa, CBR, ZX, YZF, etc. From Roads Now! I've asked the question that no one has satisfactorily answered to date: Why does anyone need a street-licensed motorcycle (or automobile) which can triple or quadruple the highway speed limit?
An Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) report released about a year ago showed that per 10,000 registered motorcycles, supersport riders of motorcycles such as Suzuki Hayabusa, Honda CBR, Kawasaki ZX, Yamaha YZF, etc. had a death rate of 22.5, while "other" motorcycles such as street legal enduros, etc. were as low as 4.3. That means that you're 5.23 times more likely to die on one of those hyperspeed sports bikes than on more rational motorcycles.
The growing carnage on our roads has to be stopped now. All motorcyclists must band together to prevent the tiny minority of immature jerks riding ridiculously overpowered two wheeled rocketships such as the Hayabusa, CBR, ZX, YZF and other hypersportsbikes from creating so much bloodshed that the legislative hammers will come down on all of us and force us onto 50cc mopeds with training wheels.
My Hubs on banning various hyperpowered motorcycles sparked a firestorm of opposition from mature, seasoned, rational hyperbikers as well as the vast unwashed masses of speed-addled wanker morons who do 170 mph flybys on public highways just to post them on YouTube, with wanton disregard to not only their safety, but that of the innocent motorists and pedestrians around them.
However, there is now a technological solution that will very satisfactorily address this problem in all motor vehicles, whether it has two wheels, four wheels, or eighteen wheels.
There are various tests going on around the world, from London, England, to Sydney, Australia featuring a GPS-add-on technology which intelligently adapts the speed of a vehicle travelling on a public road by correlating the velocity with the known GPS position and the posted speed limit for that stretch of highway.
There are currently two different Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) systems in the marketplace: Advisory and Supportive. Advisory systems feature a visual and audio alert to the driver as soon as the vehicle exceeds the speed limit on that particular stretch of road. Supportive systems are more active and they automatically limit the fuel flow to the engine as soon as the vehicle reaches the applicable speed limit. Supportive systems can be overridden by the driver by pushing on a button next to the GPS screen.
The ISA data recorders built into the devices themselves, accumulate data regarding compliance with the speed limit, the rate of traffic infringement, fuel consumption, exhaust emissions, driver overrides, and many different parameters, similar to the telemetry flow on a spacecraft.
The current state of ISA technology is quite good, but what fails is the actual algorithm applied to the devices which does not adequately take into account real world driving situations.
Opponents of speed limiting technologies are correct when they state that a burst of speed over the posted limit is occasionally necessary to get out of trouble. If a vehicle were to be limited exactly to the speed limit posted at the time, it could prove impossible to overtake a slower vehicle as the "break" in opposing traffic is usually way too short to pass if your vehicle can't exceed the speed limit.
Most US states and Canadian provinces have provisos in their traffic laws which allow you to exceed the speed limit if necessary while passing, as long as the vehicle being passed is traveling under the speed limit. Therefore, if you pass a vehicle that is already traveling at the speed limit, you can be ticketed, and so it should be! Our roads are not racetracks! It is legitimate to regularly travel at the speed limit, not above!
That is why The Solution is to implement ISA technology on all street licensed vehicles, and have the government heavily subsidize this installation and inclusion, as the net savings in emergency and long term health care will more than pay for it! However, not with the algorithm which is currently applied to ISAs as it is too simplistic.
The ISA programming must be set up in Supportive mode only, as Advisory mode is pointless and our vehicles already beep and ring at us enough as it is.
The algorithm is as follows, so Supportive mode activates when the speed limit is exceeded by:
- 10% for a period greater than two minutes, but this level is limited to one use every three minutes, and only sixteen uses per 24 hours or 100 miles (160 km) whichever comes first.
20% for a period greater than 45 seconds, but this level is limited to one use every four minutes, and only eight uses per 24 hours or 100 miles (160 km) whichever comes first.
50% for a period greater than 20 seconds, but this level is limited to one use every eight minutes, and only four uses per 24 hours or 100 miles (160 km) whichever comes first.
Acceleration is also limited to 2 meters per second squared, which is more than enough acceleration for any public road situation and well above what many cars and motorcycles are actually capable of.
The vast majority of reasonable, safe drivers will welcome an ISA with such a program algorithm, as it allows for well over 99% of all rational driving situations and the unprecedented pleasure to be able to drive all day concentrating on the traffic conditions, the scenery, your music player, and your company, rather than constantly fretting over if you've just creeped over the speed limit, or if you were looking somewhere else and missed a lower speed limit posting, etc.
What about the motorists who like to take their vehicle to the track on weekends and race it? No problem. The ISA recognizes that there is no speed limit posted on those GPS coordinates and does not interfere with the driver / rider in any way!
The advantages of this ISA program are enormous. Vehicle insurance rates and fuel consumption will plummet, as so will the number of deaths and injuries on our roads. Countless thousands of people lose their lives each and every year exclusively through excessive speed, whether their own or the velocity of the motorist who hits them. Now that the technology exists, it must be implemented as shown in this Hub. And the sooner the better!