TfL has announced that all of London’s buses will feature snazzy Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) technology from next year onwards. It essentially stops drivers from breaching speed limits, which should be the case anyway, but sadly isn’t. It’s part of the reason why so many people lose their lives in bus-related incidents on London’s roads.
According to the transport body, a trial run on two different bus routes proved that ISA tech was ‘particularly effective’ in 20mph zones, and says that the all vehicles involved in testing remained within the speed limit 97-99% of the time. We're not sure if the drivers pushing too hard on the accelerator are zapped until they stop, or if the brakes are automatically applied, but the system seems to work.
“These trials have proven that speed limiting technology can contribute to safer roads and streets,” said Leon Daniels, the MD of Surface Transport at TfL. “We’ll now work with manufacturers so that all buses coming off the production line can be fitted with the technology from next year.”