Ground Control to Major Tom: London ISA Catches Speeders

May 11, 2009 by Mary Anne Simpson weblog
Sat-Nav ISA System. Via Daily Mail UK

An Intelligent Speed Adaption (ISA) system is being tested by the London for Transport (TfL). The eye-in-the-sky ISA system relies on a computer installed in the vehicle with pre-loaded speed limit road data that is monitored from a satellite. Initially, the test run will be limited to a cab, public buses and government cars overseen by the TfL. Testing will begin this Summer and run for six months.

The installed ISA unit looks like a bright colored car GPS system and operates as a local GPS by reading its own data and calculates the speed and determines a course of action. The ISA differs from a standard GPS insofar as it has various mode alerts. An Orwellian "voluntary mode" essentially takes over the throttle and reduces your gas until you get the hint and slow down. The "advisory mode" appears on your dash unit and tells you to slow down and gives you a smiley face in anticipation of your compliance. Spooky?

According to the Daily Mail reporter Paul Sims, the ISA system if implemented in the private sector will tack on an additional 500GBP or approximately $700 to the cost of a car. The TfL believes the technology could reduce traffic accidents by some 10-percent. If the trial run pans out, ISA could render cameras at intersections obsolete.

As one might imagine some Londoners are not thrilled at all with the intrusion over their driving habits. According to a spokesperson for road safety in London, 'some hate it, some want it. Many have questions that will be answered only by trials like those being carried out by TSL.' One critic thinks the system will stop drivers from thinking.

The ISA system was funded by the TfL and manufactured by a London division of Technolution a Dutch firm. The results of the TfL testing will be available in approximately one-year.

Via Daily Mail

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brant
5 / 5 (2) May 11, 2009
I think they should just stick the device up your butt.
Then they can catch you speeding on the way to the bathroom.

And you know it wont reduce anything except the amount of money in your pocket.
vika_Tae
not rated yet May 12, 2009
Well, its that, or the new flash-less speed cameras, the ones they're also trialling in London, that give you no warning that you have been caught whatsoever. So, you can run through two or three without realizing it.
djp
not rated yet May 12, 2009
Hahahaha, nice one. Like people will actually allow such a device to work in a vehicle they buy. There will be work-arounds available the very next day.

It isn't speed that's the problem, its the driver.
smiffy
5 / 5 (1) May 12, 2009
Hahahaha, nice one. Like people will actually allow such a device to work in a vehicle they buy. There will be work-arounds available the very next day.

You mean devices like the speedometer and the odometer?