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Nissan's Gas Pedal Can Push Back

Having a heavy right foot isn't necessarily a bad thing as long as you can keep it at a reasonable speed. The real drawback is the increase in fuel consumption. Nissan decided it was time to help consumers reduce the amount of fuel wasted during "jackrabbit" starts between lights.

The idea behind the system it to calculate the most efficient speed at which to accelerate based on the amount of fuel being burnt. It will also factor in a few other variables. Once the level of acceleration has been determined, if the drive pushes the pedal past the point, the pedal begins pushing back.

According to Nissan the "ECO Pedal" could increase fuel economy as much as 5 to 10 percent. This is assuming people will actually keep the system activated. This is the 3rd of a 3 part plan by Nissan to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions over the next few years.

The response to this system has been mixed, but for the most part the major concern is safety. Many people are wondering how hard the pedal will push back if a quick acceleration is needed. The design has potential, but I think a fuel consumption gauge is a more effective means of making people realize how much fuel they are wasting.

Via : Detroit News , Jalopnik

George Delozier
Motorized Innovations
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Aug 11, 2008
by Anonymous

Please bring it to the USA.

Please bring it to the USA. The trial lawyers will get chubbies over this. Taking away the ability of sudden acceleration is not only stupid, its piss poor product planning.

Who in their right mind would want this? Ranks right up there with putting a mandatory breathalizer on every car.

Instead of screwing around with stupid ideas like this, how about doing something worthwhile like...uh I don't know...DOUBLING THE GAS MILEAGE OF VEHICLES!