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VW Smart Throttle Safety

 

 

Engineering a SAFE car is not new to Volkswagen.....
volkswagen smart throttle safety

 

 

 

 

 

You may remember back in 2009, the mass media coverage for cars that claimed lives due to their accelerator pedal getting stuck (for various reasons) but the cars were not equipped to have the brake pedal override the accelerator pedal..........
(notice in the video, towards the end a VW is used as the example of a car already equipped)

Good news for Volkswagen drivers....... 

 

All new Volkswagen models are equipped with an important safety feature that allows the brake to override the accelerator. Called "SMART-THROTTLE", this technology cancels throttle input if the brake is applied. Volkswagen introduced electronic throttle controls and smart-throttle technology on diesel cars in 1993 and on gasoline models in 1999.

  

 

In response to the situation at the time.................

 

From Article: The New York Times Wheels Oct 7 2009

Smart Gas Pedals.........
"Spokespeople for General Motors, Ford, Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus & Hyundai said their vehicles do not have smart pedals. Nissan said one Infinity model in 2010 will have it. Toyota was stated as "Considering it".

 

 

 

Toyota, and likely other manufacturers have since added the safety feature to their cars, however, the question still remains if the technology existed, why did it take lost lives, major negative press & lawsuits for them to finally add it to their cars.

 

Safety has never been an option for Volkswagen. 

 

 

To learn more go safety "learning tabs" below.....

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