After Toyota recalling more than 8 million vehicles due to ‘unwanted acceleration’ complaints, many companies are now considering brake override systems in their new models. It is likely to become a standard feature like airbags, anti lock brake systems etc. in future.
This technology gives brakes the priority if both the accelerator and brake pedals are simultaneously pressed. Nissan Motor is the only Japanese carmaker that this technology on nearly all of its cars.
Toyota recently said that it would install a similar override system in its new cars all over the world. Previous Toyota cars were not equipped with this technology.
Mazda recently said that all future vehicles worldwide would be equipped with this technology.
Ford said that it would update this braking system on some of the already delivered Mercury Milan and 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrids. It is said to update some 17,600 Fusion and Milan hybrids.
Many brands such as Honda Motor Co., Suzuki Motor, Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries etc. said that they are considering and will adopt this technology in the future.
An U.S. Transportation official said that all new cars should have braking systems that turns engine to idle when both accelerator and brake pedals are depressed at once.
About one-fifth of vehicles sold in the United States have brake override systems technology according to Toyota estimates. These vehicles include different models from Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler and Volkswagen.