According to new safety rules agreed by the European Union, all new vehicles must have "Intelligent Speed Assist Systems" as standard equipment.
The EU rules do not require any special technology for the systems that can be temporarily overridden by the driver. Some car manufacturers have already developed ways to use GPS or cameras to determine the speed limits and ensure that the vehicles comply with them.
European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska said in a statement that 25,000 people are killed every year on European roads, with the vast majority of accidents attributable to human error.
"With the new advanced safety features that become mandatory, we can have the same impact as the introduction of seat belts," she said.
The rules, which also require crash data recorders and reversing cameras, were welcomed by security lawyers. Others expressed concern about the danger of car drivers becoming more self-satisfied and less focused on road conditions.
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association is also concerned about the technology. It warned last year of "many infrastructural issues that hold back its widespread application".
It is said that street signs are not standardized throughout Europe, so speed limits are difficult to detect. Digital maps do not contain speed limit information for many roads, and the data is not always up-to-date.
"That's why smart speed-assistance systems should be phased into cars to provide enough time to update our infrastructure," it said in December.
Smart Speed Assist systems do not automatically brake when a car drives too fast Instead, they limit engine power to reach the top speed of the vehicles unless they are overridden by the driver.
Some European automakers see an advantage
Volvo, which is owned by China's Geely, said earlier this month that the stop cars would drive faster than 180 km / h (112 miles per hour).
Another technology is also being considered, which is accelerating the pace of cars driving near schools and hospitals.
"We want to start a conversation about whether automakers have the right or even need to install technology in cars that change their driver's behavior," Volvo boss Håkan Samuelsson said at the time.
The EU rules must now be formally adopted by the Member States and the European Parliament.
Lianne Kolirin contributed to the coverage.