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West Lancashire to Trial GPS Safety Technology

16 March 2009

Lancashire County Council will be launching a project aimed at increasing road safety using early warnings form GPS systems.

The council has received £849,000 of government funding to conduct the Intelligent Speed Adaptation experiment, which will see Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) boxes fitted into test cars.

These boxes will provide information and early warnings on changing speed limits and potential hazards such as sharp bends in the road.

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, Cabinet member for sustainable development, said that the technology was similar to what drivers where already used to.

“This experiment is a chance for Lancashire to identify whether giving drivers advance warnings of features such as difficult bends will help reduce casualties,” Tomlinson said.

Starting next month, 550 volunteers will monitor there driving responses to help experts assess the effectiveness of the safety system.

By Daniel Garrun.

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