GM to Expand Brake Override Technology for Added Safety
DETROIT - General Motors will expand use of "enhanced smart pedal" technology globally to all passenger cars with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control, according to the automaker.
Also known as brake override, the change involves modifying existing electronic controls to reduce power to the engine in cases where the brake and accelerator pedal are being depressed at the same time. The global rollout will be completed by the end of 2012.
GM has had for the past several years a braking performance standard that applies to all cars, trucks, and crossovers, requiring that the brakes can stop the vehicle within a specific distance. Brake override is an additional safeguard.