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      08-06-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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Nissan pedal pushes back when floored

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(08-04) 21:15 PDT TOKYO, Japan (AP) --

Nissan Motor Co. will soon sell cars that push back when drivers try to put the pedal to the metal. It has also developed a test model packed with additional sensor technology to make vehicles crash-free.

The features unveiled this week by Nissan Motor Co. are the latest among recent efforts by the world's automakers to vamp up their images.

Nissan's collision-free prototype has sensors at its back and side that turn on alarms and brakes to help avoid collisions. The system also helps the vehicle maintain a safe distance with the car in front, as well as preventing it from veering off its lane, Nissan said Tuesday.

Nissan has said it hopes to halve the number of traffic accidents or serious injuries involving Nissan vehicles in Japan by 2015 compared to 1995 levels.

Nissan's "ECO Pedal" system promoted as being both green and safe makes the gas pedal press upward when it senses motorists are speeding up too quickly.

Nissan said in a news release Monday the system, which will be available next year, can help drivers improve fuel efficiency 5 to 10 percent.

The system calculates the most efficient rate of acceleration in a vehicle based on how fast fuel is being burned and other factors and causes the gas pedal to push back to alert overzealous drivers. A special meter on the dashboard flashes and changes colors to help drive the message home.

Nissan says the system is designed to help drivers become more fuel efficient behind the wheel. Part of the company's strategy for reducing carbon dioxide emissions is modifying driving behavior.

Drivers can also opt to switch the system off.

Soaring gas prices and worries about global warming are pressuring automakers to introduce ecological products. Automakers are also trying to add value to their offerings by beefing up safety features.

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Check that out. Hope to see that hot new feature in the GTR.
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      08-06-2008, 10:55 AM   #2
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y would someone want this on their car?
when u push the pedal down it's like the snl skit w/ "antonio ebandarez"

"no no no no no!!!"

"but i must!"

"too sexy!"
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      08-06-2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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kinda stupid if you ask me...

they might as well program something into the ECU that halves your horsepower by 90% after you hit 85mph.. that way it would take ages just to accererate to 90+.
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      08-06-2008, 11:36 AM   #4
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Pretty dumb unless you can turn that completely off.
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wow that's gonna be hella intrusive. the only way to make a crash-free car is to ban women from driving it, or around it
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So stupid. Let people control how their cars accelerate.
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i dont think it's stupid. it's stupid if i bought it for myself, but fuck i'd buy that for my kid
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So idiot drivers are no going to be even worse changing lanes and merging with traffic.

Thanks Nissan, Thanks!
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you know what i think is stupid?

"halves your horsepower by 90%"
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sounds pretty intrusive and unnecessarily complicated. what happens if you need to do an emergency maneuver?

"A new study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University has found that drivers over 85 are four times as likely as teens to die in a car accident. Drivers aged 75-85 have approximately the same risk as drivers aged 16-20."

When I can afford my Ferrari, I hope I can feel safe... Nissan please sell this awesome piece of proprietary technology over to them!! It's like a reverse R-switch.
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you know what i think is stupid?

"halves your horsepower by 90%"


lmao good one...we know what he means but.
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Isn't this technology already in the g37? I thought that's why it's 0-60 times were so pathetic
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how is this going to cause less accidents?
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Its an option, and it can be turned off.
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you know what i think is stupid?

"halves your horsepower by 90%"
lol.. yeah.... damn, must have had a brain fart... I was trying to think of how to say it and ended up using two different examples.

haha
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WOW this is stupid!! Sometimes you need to accelerate out of the way to not cause an accident.. Who was the moron that came up with this idea?
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i dont think it's stupid. it's stupid if i bought it for myself, but fuck i'd buy that for my kid
hahah...+1
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