Grille - 2004 Mazda MAZDA3 5dr Wagon s ManualEnlarge Photo
Angular Front Exterior View - 2004 Mazda MAZDA3 5dr Wagon s ManualEnlarge Photo
Minagawa wasn’t able to say when the new override system would be implemented in the Mazda cars. This seems to be the stance of the industry, with Honda Motor Co., Suzuki Motor, Mitsubishi Motors and Subaru also considering adopting a similar system. For most of these companies, the timing has not been established as they are still studying the situation. Nissan is ahead of this curve with nearly all of its cars having a system that prioritizes the brakes over the accelerator when both pedals are depressed. Nissan isn’t the only one, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Chrysler also have a similar type of system.
Bottom line—the auto industry is in for more safety changes and more electronics to be added…sort of makes you long for that annoying carburetor and hand cranked windows. Okay, maybe not the windows, but an accelerator that fails to the closed throttle position would be more reassuring.
[Source: Automotive News]