Ford is bringing technology that could keep you from getting a speeding ticket.
The American automaker’s new S-Max, which is available in Europe, features an Intelligent Speed Limiter that will automatically adjust the driving speed to stay within legal limits. Before that starts sounding like an annoyance, the system can be activated through steering wheel controls and the driver can also set their own maximum speed before the system’s windscreen-mounted camera takes over, monitoring road signs and automatically slowing down the vehicle if the speed limit is lower than the maximum speed set. Of course the system can also be turned off.
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According to Ford, the system is effective at speeds ranging between 20 and 120 MPH and will smoothly decelerate the vehicle by restricting fuel supplied to the engine, rather than applying the brakes. In a way, it’s similar to what an adaptive cruise control system would do, but the Intelligent Speed Limiter also sounds an alarm if the vehicle is traveling downhill and is exceeding the specified speed.
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