When Big Brother drives, he isn’t just controlling you; he is attacking the American heritage.
When I learned to drive, the national speed limit was still 55 miles per hour. It is impossible to explain to my children, whom I am now teaching to drive, the stupidity of the regime that we then served under. Indeed, we served time under it—endless time, seemingly, spent driving on a highway system built to easily accommodate speeds over seventy miles per hour. It was a disgusting, not only for the misery on the road, and the harassment and shakedowns by police, but also due to the insufferable propaganda.
When Big Brother drives, he can’t just be quiet and leave you to suffer on the road with some dignity. He has to talk your ear off about how great a driver he is and how wonderful it is that he is out there to force you to “save lives” and to “save gasoline.” (Because none of us could possibly budget our gas consumption without his stupid Federal tyrannies.)
It wasn’t just a pain. It was demoralizing. America was known for highway driving and now it was being crushed by bureaucrats. The whole “convoy” line of music was aimed at the Feds. Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55” was another national anthem that spoke for the American spirit.
Finally, the states and the people pushed back hard enough to get back their driving autonomy, but one torment was replaced by others. Those awful engine lights that come on for no reason and then cost consumers money at their annual vehicle inspections are one such instance where Big Brother drives for us.
And now this, reported by Engadget: “Ford’s new car will force you to obey the speed limit.”
Much as we’d like to emulate our NASCAR heroes, breaking the speed limit often comes at a price. Ford is hoping to prevent accidents and speeding tickets by introducing cars that can see what the speed limit is and preventing heavy-footed motorists from driving any faster. Ford’s Intelligent Speed Limiter tech will first appear on the new Ford S-Max that’s launching in Europe that could just change the way that we drive.
A camera mounted on the windshield scans the road signs on the sides of the highway and, when the vehicle enters a 20mph zone, the system reduces the top speed to match. Rather than controlling the speed with automatic braking, the car limits its own velocity by adjusting the amount of fuel being pushed to the engine.
Does having the power available to you weakened while you drive make you feel safer? No? It didn’t make the Ford engineers think you would be safer either because they installed a special button that allows you to temporarily override the limit. So in an emergency, if you remember to push a button, you will have a burst of power before the restraints kick back in and start depriving your engine of fuel.
One thing is for sure: this “feature” is not an innovation that is responding to consumer demand. It is an attempt to curry favor with the same class of pests who are devising ways to ruin summer cookouts. This is what happens when corporations fear the government more than they care about what consumers want.