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In the wake of the sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) crisis that rocked Toyota's safety reputation in 2009 and 2010, automakers have sped up implementation of smart-throttle technology, also known as brake override. With this safety feature, should a stuck throttle problem occur, the driver can intuitively apply the brake pedal and the engine management system will reduce the power, allowing the vehicle to quickly stop. The full Hyundai line starting with May production will come standard with brake override.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering a mandate to require such technology, a move supported by Consumer Reports. (Read: "How to improve U.S. car safety.") Other automakers, including General Motors, Nissan, Toyota, and Volkswagen have already deployed this seamless technology across their portfolios.

Without a smart throttle, applying the brakes will not necessarily bring a car to quick or even a complete stop. (Read: "Consumer Reports demonstrates how 'brake override' stops runaway cars.") While the potential causes posited for SUA during the Toyota investigation ranged from floor mat entrapment to an electronic glitch, simply having the brake pedal override the throttle would help the driver to come to a complete and controlled stop in most conceivable scenarios.

This is a good move on Hyundai's part, and we hope other automakers likewise roll out the technology to their full model lines.

http://news.consumerreports.org/cars/2012/05/hyundai-now-includes-brake-override-technology-on-all-new-cars.html
 

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Props to Hyundai for making an effort in making their vehicles safer, but I doubt this technology will be put to use a lot. There will be a small percent of people that will come across situations where this technology will get them out of a sticky situation.

I hardly ever hear about unintended acceleration issues. Most of the times it's the idiot owner of the car that installs floor mats incorrectly.
 

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Smart move though after seeing the video. Scary ****.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McmPVJQLDXQ
scary indeed but one youtube poster mentioned a few things they could of done....


First of all if this happens to you, hit the first thing that is solid before you pick up too much speed. Better to have a slow speed accident, than a high speed one, Secondly, turn off the key, take it out of gear, press the brake pedal hard, and, last, pull the **** emergency brake! If you can't do this, you shouldn't be driving. Simple!
 

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scary indeed but one youtube poster mentioned a few things they could of done....
Yup, the driver looked like he just let the car accelerate and pick up speed without even hitting the brakes.

He must have panicked by not trying to turn to car off, or put it in neurtral.

I wonder if he got any money from hyundai for this incident. The Rav 4 driver too.
 

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Yup, the driver looked like he just let the car accelerate and pick up speed without even hitting the brakes.

He must have panicked by not trying to turn to car off, or put it in neurtral.

I wonder if he got any money from hyundai for this incident. The Rav 4 driver too.
Driver a had a really long time to lessen the impact, shut off the car, step on the brakes even the hand brake. I could never let a car just drive away with me like that and not do a single thing about it.
 

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Well he is an old man so you can argue his reflexes aren't all there. Then again, that one minute of driving dodging cars was pretty **** impressive lol.
 
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