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HSE2
29th March 2012, 08:31 PM
An iafrica article


Power, precision handling and advance technology may stir the passions of car buyers, but with the number of speed cameras increasing, a Ford feature that allows drivers to limit their top speed has become an unlikely favourite.

Ford's Adjustable Speed Limiter enables drivers to set a maximum speed in order to reduce the risk of speeding fines through inadvertently exceeding the legal limit.

More than 220 000 Ford cars equipped with this technology were sold in 2011, outstripping other driver assistance features in the Ford range. In the UK, 20 percent of customers enjoyed the benefits of the speed limiter device.

"At the press of a button this technology helps you to limit the speed of your vehicle," said Dr Torsten Wey, technology supervisor, Ford of Europe. "It only takes a momentary lapse of concentration to exceed the speed limit which is why the Ford Adjustable Speed Limiter technology gives drivers so much peace of mind."

The Adjustable Speed Limiter, introduced in 2010, enables drivers to set a top speed of anywhere between 15km/h and the legal limit. Exceeding the self-selected limit results in a reduction of the fuel supply to the engine and the vehicle slowing down.

"The Adjustable Speed Limiter is now available on the majority of cars we produce and the demand proves just how valued it is," Wey added. "If you set a maximum speed you don't have to constantly look at the speedometer."

Further Ford models featuring the Adjustable Speed Limiter include the Galaxy, Focus, C-Max and Grand C-Max.



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Falc'man
29th March 2012, 09:40 PM
Waits for govco to put a tax on cars with this feature .

MisterAU
30th March 2012, 06:57 AM
So how does it work any better than CC? It still doesn't apply brakes to stop overrun on steep downhills. It sounds more like a gimmick than a benefit. If it did actually work AND was able to be set OUTside the speed limit then I would find good use for something like this. I like to travel just a tad over the posted limit (but below the radar) so I would be happy to use it if it were more controlled than CC currently is.

FTe217
30th March 2012, 11:07 AM
The commode since VN had compared to this day and age an archive speed limit alert that I recall worked fine....seriously what a load of modern day marketing bollocks.

Airmon
30th March 2012, 07:40 PM
Seems like a good idea to me. Provided say 75% throttle will disengage the system. It makes one less thing Joe Motorist has to worry about while driving, although I dunno if that's a good thing....

Paxton
30th March 2012, 08:57 PM
My X5 has the same sort of system. You plug the maximum speed in, and the car will not accelerate past it. If you push the throttle all the way down to the detent switch, it will disengage until you turn it back on. We used it once for novelty, but haven't touched it since.

I like Cruise Control better - it will hold your set speed, and you have complete control - you don't have to use 100% of the throttle to accelerate.

dash gt
31st March 2012, 09:29 PM
Its only handy in cars that dont have cruise control... The rest of the time is a safety hazard.