The New Governor

Governors, or speed limiters, have been around since the 17th century, first being used to control the millstones in windmills. Today, however, governors are more often found in cars and trucks to control the top speed vehicles are able to obtain.

Commercial trucks are some of the biggest users of governors, each being equipped with one from the factory. Internationally, Japan, Canada, the European Union and Australia all require the use of speed limiters with a top speed set by law. In the United States, speed limiters are the decision of individual fleets, with many choosing to use the devices for safety and fuel savings.

But traditional mechanical and electronic governors have one disadvantage; they only have one top speed setting. Programming the maximum speed to 65 mph will prevent speeding on a freeway, but what about on a city street or in a school zone where the speed limit is much lower? To solve this problem the industry is increasingly turning to software based solutions. Various technologies exist that serve to alert drivers and their managers when speed limits on any road are exceeded. These solutions can alert drivers in-cab, send reports to managers, and track speeding frequency.

The trucking industry has long seen the value of governors and the American Trucking Associations have petitioned the NHTSA to establish a guideline requiring all Class 7 and 8 trucks have a maximum speed of 65 mph.

As the industry moves forward with their commitment to safety, we will continue to see safety technologies evolve.

This entry was posted on January 30th, 2012 by jhubbard and is filed under Recent News & Updates.