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GM Rolling Out Brake Override System In All Its Cars

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In the wake of all the hoopla surrounding Toyota’s unintended acceleration fiasco, General Motors has come out announcing that it will start installing its “enhanced smart pedal” technology across its worldwide vehicle fleet.

Designed for cars with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control, the enhanced smart pedal technology, also known as brake override, uses electronic controls to simply reduce power to the engine in cases where the brake and accelerator pedal are being depressed at the same time.

GM already has a safety net in its vehicles, including its cars, trucks and crossovers, which ensure their brakes alone can stop them within a specific distance--so this brake override function is just an additional safeguard.

The global rollout is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012.

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  1. Why just automatic transmissions?
    I don't see any reason the same brake-override system can't be used on manuals that have electronic throttle control, especially since my 2001 Passat V6 stick has the safeguard.
    Whenever I hang on both stop and go pedals for more than a second, the ECU cuts power back to idle.
    Yay for electrons and intelligent design (not in the theological sense).
     
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  2. Why not install it in a manual transmission car?
    Because those cars have a CLUTCH pedal. Push that in and the engine will be decoupled from the rest of the drivetrain, therefore not providing power to the drive wheels. This will allow the car to be stopped normally.
    And the nice thing about clutches is they aren't electronic. What a concept!!
     
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