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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.