I hit, according to the speedo, about 115 in my Jeep last weekend on a backroad. That was scary fast, but also shocking how quickly it got there for a garden shed.
I was also on a Honda Rancher ATV and it was annoying because the limiter is 50 and I kept hanging off of it, took some effort to cruise as fast as possible without hitting the limit.
I've bumped into the 115ish limiter in our Corolla a couple of times. I don't normally go over 85 but it is nice to have a little headroom. Several years ago, I got stuck behind an older F-150 pacing a semi for about 30 miles, doing 68-71 and matching the semi's speed exactly so no one could get by.
I just wanted to go 78 with the cruise on so when we got to a major interchange, I swung over to the far right into a merge lane, slingshotted around the semi at about 90 MPH and smoothly changed in front of the rolling roadblock. Of course the F-150 was now about a foot off my bumper with the high beams on so I decided to let him rage out at his 99 MPH speed limiter for awhile instead of me.
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Hope this doesn't turn into the slippery slope, adopted across platforms, watered down to 100, then 85 and...GPS monitoring...vehicle black boxes...all in the name " WILL SOMEONE THINK OF THE GOD DAM CHILDREN!" As I say, "Don't worry Karen, I'm sure you'll pop out 2.6 more if you lose one". It's "Plausible" (Thanks Mythbusters) given any insurance rates, government incentives, tax breaks for Volvo may set a stage that gives an unfair advantage that makes others fall inline. The problem isn't necessarily 112mph...it's when it drops below & followed up with x, y & z.
Unfortunately everything I've stated isn't even absurd or beyond any means, hell, the possibility of that technology happening is...today.
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Yes that's coming, but probably not in that format: the more likely scenario is elimination of the human driver, at which point algorithms will determine speed based upon traffic, road surface conditions, distance, "fuel" economy (assuming we're still using fueled vehicle), etc. -- and vehicles will be fully connected at all times for over the air updates, location data with directions, etc.
I can't remember the last time I drove my Volvo that I didn't go over 180 km/h if given the chance. Oh well, guess they didn't any more business from me anyway.
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Random google search turns up that a late model Ford F250 Super Duty is evidently limited to 95 mph = 152 km/h, and I don't find that surprising due to tires, handling, brakes, etc. https://forscan.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6040
For most people that would be a "quick" car.
As far as Volvo doing this, I get it. Their image is safety, and for 99% of their owners, 100MPH is going to be the north end of any speed they ever go.
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Pre-COVID-19, the usual I-45 run DFW to Houston, plus the I-35 drive to Austin (south of Waxahachie especially) would find you in traffic moving with great alacrity. If you're going the speed limit (75, meaning people drive 85-90), you're getting passed frequently. It wasn't unusual to see drivers moving right along at 90-95-100 in their inter-county commutes.
My LEO relatives report traffic now is moving apace at extra-legal speeds throughout the state, as they have quietly and substantially reduced speed enforcement to avoid contact with the public... What with the heat staying off the roads and traffic reduced to a third or less of usual volume, the four hour, ~250 mile trek to in-city-traffic-hell Houston is definitely doable under three hours... And the three-hour, ~215 mile leisurely commute to the Hill country is probably closer to just a hair over a two-hour blast. Wouldn't surprise me a bit...
NJ Turnpike avg speed has been between 90-120 mph for the past few months and everybody is doing fine. Unfortunately, this is over since the traffic has gotten thicccer (but not as bad as usual). There haven't been any crazy accidents and nobody has gotten killed. Most people know how NJ Turnpike is and they know to drive (except out of staters). Kinda interesting observation (I'm on NJ turnpike every single day)
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