Examination of Witnesses (Questions 160-164)|
WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY 2002
160. Are the manufacturers not interested?
(Dr Carsten) The manufacturers, we understand, are
doing research on this.
161. Is it research to use it or research to
(Dr Carsten) I think the manufacturers would not be
opposed to a system that would bring the information into the
car, and they might even be willing to sell motorists a system
which the motorist could switch on and off at will. Manufacturers
are totally and utterly opposed to the idea of mandatory limiters.
162. How much do you reckon it would add to
the cost of a car to put your system in?
(Dr Carsten) We are talking about a few hundred pounds.
163. Do you think that it would be better value
for money over the next ten years to get that fitted to most vehicles
in this country than to go on putting in road humps and all the
other traffic-calming methods?
(Dr Carsten) I do not think it is an either/or. Really
this can only come in at a European level. We have to have mandatory
European fitment of the capability, and then it is up to each
country to decide how to use that capability, whether to have
an advisory system, or a voluntary one or whatever. That means,
as I said in my submission, that it is not practical for that
to take place much before 2013. We would not want to do no traffic
calming from now until 2013, so we want to move ahead now on current
technology, but we also want to push future technology which will
indeed be cheaper and will, for example, offer 20 mph zones for
pennies in urban areas, which would be wonderful for highways
164. So in 2013 you would impose it with a satellite
system, would you, or would you have to have a mapping system
put into each car?
(Dr Carsten) You need both. The satellite tells the
vehicle where it is, and the map tells the vehicle how fast it
can go in that location, so it is a combination.
Chairman: Gentlemen, I think you have given
us more than enough to think about. We are always very grateful
to you, and we do think that your work is tremendously important.
Thank you very much for coming this morning.