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Compulsory speed limiters could increase demand for wheel alignment

Demand for four wheel alignment services could rise from 2022 onwards if speed limiters become compulsory on all new cars across Europe.

The new rules, that are due this year and have already been provisionally agreed, would mean all vehicles manufactured three years from now would be fitted with speed-limiting devices.

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), the technology that slows down a vehicle that is travelling too fast, works by using a speed sign recognition camera and GPS-linked speed limit data.

ISA could be just one of more than a dozen new safety features planned for all new vehicles sold in Europe from 2022. In the same way as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) currently mean that wheel alignment is becoming more important than ever, in order to ensure its accuracy, from 2022 the increasing vehicle standards will again demand higher precision when it comes to alignment due to the impact it has on sensor calibration of safety devices.

Absolute Alignment, a leading supplier of wheel alignment equipment in the UK, claims it has recently seen an increase in demand from workshops for the ADAS sensor alignment tool which integrates directly with the software of its OEM-approved Bluetooth wheel aligners.

Absolute Alignment states that: “New legislation from 2022 will once again mean that four wheel alignment is about more than just reducing your tyre wear, as it also enables all these safety devices to operate correctly – because any misalignment on a vehicle can cause sensor or camera errors to occur.”