There’ve been a lot of headlines written about so-called “Unintended Acceleration” in recent years. And there’s little doubt that there have been some legitimate problems leading to runaway cars, including the jammed carpets and sticky throttles that led Toyota to recall millions of vehicles since 2009.
But one thing that safety investigators have also seen, over and over, is the likelihood that a significant number of supposed runaway car incidents are actually caused by driver error, most often when a motorist reaches for the brake but punches the throttle, instead.
A new system being introduced by Nissan could help reduce the likelihood of such situations – especially in parking lots or garages where there is little time to recover from a pedal misapplication.
The technology goes by the ungainly Emergency Assist for Pedal Misapplication with Carpark Detection Function, a name that doesn’t even lend itself to an elegant acronym – unless Nissan has found one in Japanese. But the name doesn’t matter if the new system works.