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Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) to become mandatory.

Intelligent Speed Assistance to become mandatory.

Intelligent Speed Assistance is an incredible piece of technology that automatically scans for road signs, it was created to help drivers stay within the speed limit. It will be a mandatory requirement in new vehicle types by 2024 in the European Union, and this can only be regarded as a good thing for road users of every variety.

As we enter a new year and many of us are looking to upgrade cars, it’s always worth discovering what the latest tech and safety features are on offer. From adaptive cruise control to lane keep assist, much of what is currently available would have seemed impossible only a few years ago.

By supporting drivers with feedback on their speed, Intelligent Speed Assistance helps drivers stay within the limit. A specially designed camera, usually located at the top of the windscreen, is used to detect road signs to determine the speed limit of whatever road you are currently on. Another way the Intelligent Speed Assistance can get up-to-date information about speed limits is via the car’s satellite navigation system. 

Should the driver exceed the speed limit on that road, they will receive either an audio or visual alert. While it is still important that the driver remains alert at all times and the system is only designed as an aid, research indicated that it can improve road safety. When used appropriately, it can help reduce the number of drivers speeding and decrease the number and severity of road collisions.

Further information on Intelligent Speed Assistance, along with other potentially life-saving safety technology can be found on the Road Safety Authority’s website ( The Road Safety Authority is recognised as the leading voice for road safety in Ireland and as a leading voice internationally. This recognition is built upon a strong record of driving positive change in the attitudes and behaviours of all road users, while effectively collaborating with many stakeholders, such as An Garda Síochána and the Health and Safety Authority, to save lives.


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