Honda to install brake override systems on vehicles by end of 2011
Moving to beat upcoming U.S. legislation that appears certain to mandate brake override systems, American Honda has confirmed that it plans to make this safety adjunct standard on all vehicles it sells in this country. While offering no additional details, the automaker did say: "We are committed to applying Brake Priority Logic on 100 percent of Honda and Acura passenger vehicles produced for the North American market by the end of calendar year 2011, with our first application coming to market in late August 2010."
Honda's decision follows Toyota's previously announced commitment to making brake override technology universal. Last week, speaking before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Toyota Motor Sales President and CEO Jim Lentz reiterated that the automaker "is well on the way to being the first full line manufacturer to feature brake override technology as standard equipment on all our new models sold in the United States. Brake override will be available across our entire product line by the end of 2010." Currently, both the House and the Senate are working on formalizing new legal requirements that would require all automakers to install brake override systems and black box data recorders.