Among the personal freedoms Americans are unwilling to give up is the right to speed. Even though autonomous vehicle technology now has the ability to read road signs or use GPS to recognize speed limits, most Americans aren’t ready for their cars to limit how fast they can drive.
Recently, the European Union provisionally agreed to require all cars made from 2022 come equipped with speed limiters. A similar approach in the U.S. could help combat aggressive driving and reduce speed-related fatalities, but could such a mandate be enacted in a country renowned for its freedoms, where the roars of wide open engines have long been celebrated?
We surveyed 1,000 people to find out if they’d be willing to install a speed limiter on their cars. This is what we learned:
— 68 percent were not willing to install a speed limiter
— Only 14 percent believed speed limiters should be required by law
— Female drivers and drivers over the age of 65 were more willing to install speed limiters