The world may consider Australia as a harmful nation – significantly our roads, with the success of the Mad Max movie franchise not serving to our worldwide picture one bit on this regard – however really, Australian roads are a few of the most secure on the earth.
Australia is the 12th most secure nation on the earth to drive in, based on Swedish driver security supplier Zutobi. That places us beneath international locations like Israel, Japan or Norway however forward of others like Germany, New Zealand and the USA.
Crucially, our roads are a lot safer than France’s, which is available in at #36 (beneath Albania or Russia, for comparability)… Which provides insult to damage once we contemplate what France’s most well-known automotive model has not too long ago introduced.
Renault, which is partially owned by the French state, has introduced that as of 2021, they may restrict the highest velocity of all their autos to 180km/h as a part of their new environmental and societal technique, CarExpert studies. They proceed:
“This additionally applies to Dacia [Renault’s Romanian budget marque] fashions, whereas the upcoming all-electric Megane-E will go one additional and have an automated velocity restrict adjuster set by default.”
Moreover, “[Renault] desires to equip all its autos with an automated velocity management system referred to as the Security Coach, which is able to alter the velocity primarily based on posted limits whereas additionally bearing in mind components like sharp curves and inclement climate.”
How bloody patronising. For a automotive model that trades on their standing as a Method One constructor, to be limiting the velocity of their vehicles like that is actually merde.
After all, there are few locations in Australia the place you possibly can legally drive sooner than 180km/h anyway. In most of our cities, the quickest you possibly can hope to go is round 110km/h (for instance, on Sydney’s M4 Motorway). The Northern Territory famously used to have unrestricted rural velocity limits however now probably the most beneficiant limits within the NT cap off at 130km/h (a lot of the Arnhem, Barkly, Stuart and Victoria Highways).
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You’d be fortunate to hit 180km/h even in Germany, whose Autobahn community is fetishised by revheads all over the world for its lack of velocity limits. Germany’s repute as a hoon’s paradise isn’t all it appears, for the report: a couple of quarter of the Autobahn community really has everlasting velocity limits, and on speed-unrestricted stretches, an ‘advisory velocity restrict’ of 130km/h nonetheless applies – driving sooner than that isn’t unlawful, however should you get into an accident, driving sooner than the advisory restrict might scupper your insurance coverage declare, so few Germans considerably exceed it.
It’s a moot level anyway as most German auto makers have lengthy abided by a gentleman’s settlement to restrict the highest velocity of their vehicles to 250km/h… Though you possibly can pay to take away that limiter with some manufacturers (how very German).
Nevertheless it’s the precept of it. Velocity is an important instrument within the fashionable driver’s arsenal that may really assist forestall accidents if used judiciously. It’s additionally unclear if this 180km/h restrict may be paused or eliminated whenever you take your Renault on the monitor. Greater than that, it simply feels un-Australian. For all its flaws, Holden by no means pulled this type of bullshit on us.
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Renault isn’t the one model in recent times that’s determined to implement velocity limiters of their vehicles. Volvo started limiting their vehicles to 180km/h since 2020 – maybe unsurprising contemplating their long-term picture as a pacesetter in automotive security. Japanese manufacturers have lengthy restricted the highest speeds of their vehicles to 180km/h for the Japanese home market, too.
Now we’re not significantly suggesting that this velocity limiter is a foul thought. Renault’s merely being an excellent company citizen and doing their bit to assist forestall automotive accidents, which must be applauded. No-one actually wants a automotive that may go over 180km/h.
Nevertheless it does have us questioning the place the way forward for Renault’s efficiency autos is heading… In addition to efficiency autos extra broadly.