NRMA gets behind speed-limiting technology

However, the motoring group has doubts over the public's willingness to fully utilise the technology

The National Roads and Motoring Association (NRMA) has thrown its weight behind a new technology with the potential to curb speeding drivers, but has questioned the public's readiness to fully utlise the technology.

Advisory intelligent speed adaptation (ISA), recently trialled by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) and VicRoads, alerts drivers when they have exceeded the legal speed limit, in an aim to prevent speeding and increase road safety.

Speaking to Computerworld Australia, NRMA’s vehicle safety expert Jack Haley, said that while the technology was a "good idea”, there was a large public attitude needed to be addressed before the technology could be rolled out.

"[The public] need to be made aware of the technology and convinced that it’s worthwhile," he said. "We accept that it’s technically possible and it appears to be a good idea but you’ve got to get public acceptance or it’s going to be ignored or resisted.”

Despite this, recent research indicated a positive outcome was likely to occur if the new technology was implemented, Haley claimed.

“If everybody was complying with the speed limit then the number of crashes would reduce significantly,” he said.

As reported by Computerworld, the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) has confirmed that it will release the final results of a recently concluded trial into the implementation of advisory intelligent speed adaptation (ISA) technology by the year's end.

VicRoads has also confirmed the technology is under trial in the state.

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