Moving proactively, General Motors announced that brake override will become a standard feature on all passenger cars with automatic transmissions and electronic throttle control that it produces globally by the end of 2012. GM says that Installing this enhanced "smart pedal technology" will involve modifying existing electronic controls so that power to the engine is reduced in cases where the brake and accelerator pedal are being depressed at the same time.
"News media analyses of government data consistently validates that GM's safety record on this issue is among the strongest in the industry," said Tom Stephens, vice chairman, GM Global Product Operations. "At the same time, we know safety is top of mind for consumers, so we are applying additional technology to reassure them that they can count on the brakes in their GM vehicle." Stephens indicated that the timing of the overall rollout plan was chosen to best balance the speed of implementation with validation needed to assure that customers feel no deterioration in drivability.