August 17th, 2006 4 Comments » | View blog reactions
In the history of bad ideas, this has to be reaching for the top. UK road minister Stephen Ladyman wants to cut the power on speeding motorcycles by satellite. Here’s a snippet from The Sun.
Bikers’ engines will be adapted to carry a spy-in-the-sky control.
Those who speed will alert satellites, which will send back a warning to the rider.
A beep will sound in the helmet before the saddle starts to shake violently.
Those who ignore the warnings will have their throttle gradually shut as they ride.
Imagine; accelerating away from an accident prone situation. Your helmet beeps insanely, your seat is shaking like hell, and as you’re almost about to make it, the power is cut leaving you helpless against the big bulky SUV pulling out in front of you, operated by a driver who’s one the phone and doing makeup. Just great!
Not considering the annoyance of the contraptions they will install in your motorcycle and helmet. I don’t need no force-feedback in my seat or some beeper in my helmet, thank you very much.
If this ever gets enforced I’ll tear it off, don’t care what fines they come up with. I’m not doing that. This is so stupid I’m wondering if it’s a joke. Judge for your selves the article is here.