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Drivers have reportedly sped up on their commutes during the coronavirus.

According to data from Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) that was emailed to FOX Business, there has been a significant increase in speeding during regular commute times.

CMT analyzed 1.28 million trips between May 1 and May 14 this year and during the same days last year. It specifically focused on rush hour times, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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CMT found that during both morning and evening commutes, drivers have increased their speeds from last year.

In the mornings, drivers spent 42.1 percent more time during their commute speeding compared to morning commuters in 2019, according to the data. Drivers are reportedly speeding between 15 and 20 mph over the speed limit.

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CMT also found that from May 1 to May 14 this year, the median morning commute for drivers has decreased 9.6 percent from last year.

This year, the median morning commute time is 13 minutes and four seconds compared to 14 minutes and 28 seconds last year, CMT reported.

Traffic flows on California 110 on Monday, May 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

“A 9.6 percent decrease in morning commuting might not seem too alarming at first, but seeing as speeding is significantly up this is not a habit we want to see continued as more drivers enter the roads in the coming months,” the CMT analysis said.

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Drivers are also speeding during their evening commute, according to the data.

CMT reported that this year evening drivers spent 39.5 percent more time speeding than evening drivers last year.

Evening commute times also decreased by 8.4 percent, according to the data. Last year, the median driving commute during evening rush hour was 12 minutes and 27 seconds, but this year, the median evening commute is just 11 minutes and 24 seconds, CMT reported.

“Whether it's the open roads or higher anxiety that is causing commuters to increase their speed, there is concern as to what this means for future commuters as we see more people getting back on the roads,” the CMT analysis said.

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Volvo will limit top speed to 112MPH in all of its new cars

Volvo will place electronic speed limiters in all of its new cars to prevent drivers from going faster than 112mph, and parents will be able to limit top speeds even further for their teens

  • Every new Volvo sold will now have an electronic speed limiter 
  • The device will ensure cars never travel above 112mph to lessen accident risk
  • The device makes the Swedish manufacturer compliant with a new EU law that will require all cars sold in Europe to have limiters starting in 2022

Every new Volvo sold from now on will have a maximum speed of 112mph, or 180kph in Europe, as part of the company’s efforts to reduce auto fatalities.

Every new car will come equipped with an electronic speed limiter that will ensure drivers can’t go beyond 112mph, even when fully engaging the accelerator.

A company spokesperson confirmed there won’t be any way to override the limiter, even in case of emergencies.

All new Volvo models will now come with an electronic speed limiter that will ensure the cars never travel above 112mph to minimize the risk of accidents

‘We believe we have an obligation to continue our tradition of being a pioneer in the discussion around the rights and obligations of car makers to take action that ultimately save lives, even if it means losing potential customers,’ the company said in a prepared statement.

According to Volvo, there will only be two exemptions to the new limits: Cars produced for the police, and those manufactured for the German market, where some sections of the country’s freeway system have no speed limit.

The company is also introducing a new feature called Care Key, which will allow owners to create custom speed limitations below 112mph, intended primarily for parents with teenagers, according to a report in Autoblog. 

The electronic speed limiting feature will make Volvo compliant with legislation passed by the European Commission in 2019, which will require all new cars manufactured and sold in Europe to have a built-in speed limiting device starting in May 2022.

Volvo announced first its electronic speed limiter in 2019, shortly after the EC legislation was passed.

‘Volvo is not a car for those who are boy racers,’ Volve CEO Hakan Samuelsson said.

‘Our value is for people who want to protect what’s important further.

‘While a speed limitation is not a cure-all, it’s worth doing if we can even save one life. Speed kills, and there is no reason to go beyond 112mph.’  

The Swedish car manufacturer first announced the new feature in 2019, shortly after the European Commission passed legislation that will require all cars sold in Europe to come with a similar speed limiter starting in 2022

The company confirmed that it’s also working on a number of other unannounced safety features that ‘will be introduced in future cars.’ 

Volvo announced one possible new feature in 2019, a set of cameras and motion sensors in a car cabin to detect signs of driver intoxication. 

The proposed system would monitor the driver’s pupil dilation and track their response times, and could potentially take control away from a someone behaving in an intoxicated manner. 

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