EU Wants Driver-Tracking Surveillance Tech in All New Vehicles Starting July 6

Speed limiters are part of the mandatory equipment.

  • Vehicles sold in the United Kingdom as of July 6, 2022 are required to include tracking and surveillance technology.
  • Included in the mandatory additions are speed limiters, the most commonly used being the Intelligent Speed Assistant (ISA).
  • The speed limitation device uses GPS data, and cameras for traffic sign recognition and limits the engine’s power, decreasing speed.
  • Some reports also indicate that vehicles will essentially include a “black box” with technical data, accessible by the authorities.
  • Data records will include “the vehicle’s speed, braking, steering wheel angle, its incline on the road, and whether the vehicle’s various safety systems were in operation, starting with seatbelts.”
  • The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) announced in 2019 that it would require manufacturers to outfit all new models with the tracking systems, starting July 6, 2022.
  • The change was introduced as a way for law enforcement to ascertain the details of car accidents. The rule also coincides with the Intelligent Speed Assistance systems, causing some concern the two are part of a more controlling system for drivers.
  • Currently, only law enforcement has access to the data, and anonymized data will be sent to the car’s manufacturer.
  • American Faith previously reported that the Biden administration’s infrastructure bill had a similar measure quietly added.
  • The measure included the requirement that vehicle manufacturers add a “kill switch” to vehicles made from 2026 forward.