Beginning in 2012
General Motors plans to install a safer brake in all new vehicles worldwide by 2012. The brake override system basically overrides acceleration when the brake and accelerator pedal are depressed at the same time.
Even though GM has not had a particular problem with runaway vehicles, like Toyota, GM says in a news release it will expand use of the technology, also known as "enhanced smart pedal,” in vehicles with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control.
It has long been suspected that the electronic throttle control system in Toyota vehicles is sending mixed signals to the brake, allowing for unintended acceleration.
The move will be “providing an additional safeguard to enhance customer confidence” says GM in statement.
By the end of 2012 all newly produced GM vehicles will have the brake override system.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will explore whether to require a brake override on all newly manufactured vehicles.
Meanwhile, Toyota plans to install brake override in most new Lexus and Toyota vehicles by the end of this year, reports AP. #