Mazda to Install Brake Override Systems on New Models
This is exactly the case of Mazda, the Japanese manufacturer that recently decided to install brake override systems on all new models. This basically means that in case a near-death experience (to be read "a stuck accelerator pedal") occurs, the vehicle will give priority to the brake pedal and not to the accelerator.
According to a report by Autonews, Mazda is not aware of potential accidents or glitches that could be caused by stuck accelerator pedals.
“We are not aware of any malfunctions or instances of runaway Mazda vehicles or related accidents that would necessitate a brake override system,” Mazda spokesman Kotaro Minagawa was quoted as saying by the aforementioned source.
More interesting, it seems like the overall costs of installing a brake override system on a newly-built car goes around 50 bucks, which could lead to its adoption by some other brands as well. For instance, Honda, Suzuki, Mitsubishi and Daihatsu (probably under Toyota's guidance) admitted they are now studying ways to install the feature.
"I think (it) could eventually become a standard feature, just like airbags or anti-lock brake systems," said Daihatsu spokesman Haruki Mori.