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    Smart Sat-Nav stops at the lights.

    Big BenAccording to the Times Online the Government and car industry are joint-funding a project to develop an in car computer that can anticipate red lights and congestion and brake slowly and smoothly. The system does not require any input from the driver of the vehicle, his or her feet stay firmly on the floor away from the pedals, and should minimise fuel consumption as well as improve road safety. In theory, drivers using the new system should be able to expect a 25% reduction in their fuel bills. The only reason the driver would need to override the system and apply the brake is, for example, if a pedestrian walks into the road.The system, known as Sentience, will also ensure that drivers are not caught out by speed bumps as the car slows down automatically before the bump and speeds up after the bump, as well as saving people from getting speeding tickets. It's expected to be available in new cars by 2012 and uses a digital map of the road network including features such as hills and chicanes. Journeys may take a few minutes longer but Tom Robinson, leader of the Sentience project, has said that people will accept this for safer journeys and cheaper fuel.Personally, this sounds like a very good idea and anything that can reduce carbon emissions, saves us money and make roads safer is very big positive. My only concern is it will take the driver out of the control of driving therefore make them less observant on the road.Tell us what you think.

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