|Popular Cars For Sale||Ford F-150||Chevrolet Silverado||Honda CR-V||Nissan Rogue||Toyota Camry||Toyota RAV4|
On paper, at least, it sounds like a good idea. Under a new proposal (a PDF link, on which you can comment here), the NHTSA is looking to mandate Brake-Throttle Override (BTO) systems in all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. In the event of a stuck accelerator or fly-by-wire throttle malfunction, applying the brakes would automatically disengage the accelerator.
To be honest, the NHTSA proposal is really much ado about nothing, since most manufacturers have already adopted such systems in the wake of Toyota’s unintended acceleration debacle. Will the system save lives, as the NHTSA thinks? Possibly, in the very rare instance of a stuck throttle or other mechanical problem. Most unintended acceleration accidents, however, are caused by driver confusion between the brake and accelerator pedals. A driver believes he’s applying the brakes, when in fact he’s got the accelerator matted to the floor.
For those of us who actually drive cars at the limit, the system will interfere with car control. Want to dry your brake rotors in the wet by gently applying brake pressure? You can’t, unless you want your car to instantly cut the accelerator. Do you left foot brake into a corner to put a bit more weight over the front wheels? Forget about doing that, too, in BTO equipped new cars.
It’s ironic, then, that cars are getting faster while drivers have less and less control over them. It’s only a matter of time, we suspect, before manufacturers won’t be allowed to use stability control systems that can be deactivated. Sooner or later, cars will sense speed limits, and then it’s only a matter of time before a car will override driver control of speed, too.
We’ve seen the four-wheel future, dumbed down to meet the ability of the lowest percentile driver, and quite frankly, it scares the hell out of us.
|Popular New Cars|
|New Acura MDX||New Chevrolet Corvette||New Kia Telluride||New Toyota Highlander|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500||New GMC Sierra 2500||New Jeep Wranger||New RAM 1500|
|New Chevrolet Equinox||New Honda Accord||New Kia K5||New Subaru Forester|
|New Chevrolet Traverse||New Honda Civic||New Kia Sorento||New Subaru Outback|
|New Ford F150||New Honda CR-V||New Kia Sportage||New Toyota Camry|
|New Ford F250||New Honda Pilot||New Mazda CX-5||New Toyota Corolla|
|New Ford Escape||New Hyundai Tucson||New Nissan Rogue||New Toyota RAV4|
|New GMC Sierra 1500||Jeep Grand Cherokee||New Nissan Sentra||New Toyota Tacoma|