There’s something wrong with my car

I live in Norway. A place where you’re not allowed to drive more than 100 km/h on any of our roads. Still, the speedometer of my car goes all the way to 220 km/h and according to Toyota’s official specs for my Rav4 it has a max speed of 185 km/h. Driving at that speed on Norwegian roads would be both dangerous and utterly illegal. Illegal to the point that they would put me in jail.

I bought the car in Norway. It’s registered and fully official. This isn’t an illegal pirate car. I can roam around Norwegian streets with it. Completely blessed by the police, the king and whatever person that cares. As long as I follow the rules and keep it under 100 km/h.

So why is it possible to drive the car in 185 km/h? Why on earh didn’t the officials put in some kind of Digital Speed Management (DSM)?

It should have looked like this when sold in Norway:

Complete with encryption to stop it from going faster than 100 km/h. That would probably save lives. Preventing people from driving too fast is important. Still we don’t add Digital Speed Management to cars. Not even in the pretty controlled and safe country of Norway.

We don’t do it because that would be too much of a limitation on our freedom. That would be very irritating when taking the car into Germany or another country where you can drive much faster than in Norway. Such limitations don’t fit into our mental models of what you get when you buy a car. People would protest. Loud protests.

Yes, I know. Digital Rights Management on music and movies isn’t exactly like this. But there is something with the comparison that’s not that far fetched. DRM sucks.

(And for all the people that keep asking me how I have the time to write articles on my blog. This was written at Stavanger airport while waiting for my plane to Oslo.)

There’s something wrong with my car

4 thoughts on “There’s something wrong with my car

  1. hehe…. good comparison. But dont we discuss the adding of Digital Speed Management every now and again (or maybe its just a few locos in the local papers im talking about)?
    And connected with a gps we could easily have a very area specific an regulated Digital Speed Management. for housing areas and the smaller dirt roads, the speedometer would suddenly stop at 30! :D

    by the way: misuse any

  2. Lasse Elden says:

    You could probably lower the “L” or put the “F” a bit higher on that fuel tank ;-)
    You also could eliminate the cues, because nobody will get a bit closer to the car(s) in front of them! And even better! Everyone will be on time for visits etc. due to the fact that you can calculate on the sec. how long before you have to drive to get whereever your driving! No more bad excuses! Probably the police would alove us to drink while driving as well? he-he-he! Like the diplomats, that drive around in their blue “CD” signs. You all know that the “CD” stands for “Can Drink” don’t you?

    By the way: “ELION” “ly”

  3. And for the people that don’t get that “by the way”-thing. Seems like we’ve started a trend to include the two words you have to write in the reCAPTCHA box when posting comments. Some times it adds a bit or fun. When you write a comment about backups and have to write “lost everything” to post the comment…

    And now it’s friday and I have to write “weekend dodge’s”…

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