Scientists in Japan have developed a new gadget which will force drivers to observe the speed limit.
GV Cars along road and over indicator on roadway (2 shots)
SV INT Van
CU Speedometer spreading "60"
SV Indicator across roadway
SV Man with radio telephone
SV Van approaches and over indicator
CU Speedometer in van--needle drops to "40"
SV Technician checks controls in van
SV Observers at roadside check papers
SV Road and car along.
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Background: Scientists in Japan have developed a new gadget which will force drivers to observe the speed limit.
A advice is attached to the inside of the vehicle's carburettor--and when the vehicle drives across a radio line on the road the speed is automatically adjusted to compile with the road rules.
Japanese police carried out first tests on the new gadget on Tuesday (22 Feb.). If they find, after evaluation, that the tests look 'promising, further experiments will be made with a greater number of cars.
The invention is the result of cooperation between at least four Japanese Government Ministers.
SYNOPSIS: In Japan--a bold experiment which could lead to a sharp reduction in road deaths. It's a device which will force drivers to observe the speed limit--and it was first tested near Tokyo on Tuesday.
As this vehicle approaches the device it is exceeding the speed limit.....
So a radio wir??? on the road flashes a signal to a receiver placed in the vehicle's carburettor.
For the experiments, police experts keep a watchful eye on every movement by the driver.
The device works: no matter how hard the derive depresses the accelerator the vehicle's speed drops steadily--until the cars is travelling at the speed limit.
The development of the device is still in the very early stages. Now scientists will go away and evaluate the results of this first experiment very closely. If their recommendations are favourable-- further tests will be made, involving up to a hundred cars at once. And only if that experiment works will consideration be given to installing the device on Japan's roads.