July 1, 2015

Intelligent Speed Limiter

I recently learned that Ford's S-Max can actually read speed limit signs and automatically slow down if the car is moving more than 5 mph over the limit.  This may result in fewer fines and accidents.

The "intelligent speed limiter" feature combines two auto technologies - a camera with automatic sign recognition and a variation on cruise control.  When the ISL detects that the car is traveling faster than the limit, the system will reduce the fuel amount to the engine, rather than applying the brake, so that the car experiences a more gradual reduction to the target speed.