• Aug 4th 2008 at 1:30PM
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As if "shift lights" weren't annoying enough... Nissan's new "ECO pedal" has been engineered to encourage good fuel economy with a servo-actuated gas pedal that will push back on the driver's lead foot when on-board computers detect wasteful acceleration. According to Nissan, vehicles equipped with the ECO pedal, and real-time fuel consumption gauges in the instrument panel, have returned a 5-10 percent increase in fuel efficiency. The Japanese automaker says it has plans to begin installing the ECO pedal in models next year, although there is no word on what models, or markets, will get the system. We're betting it's an option unlikely to show up on the GT-R anytime in the near future.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Too bad if you're making a left hand turn and need to get across the intersection in a hurry. Maybe those hypermilers who try to merge into interstate trafic at 30 mph will like this but I say it's stupid and dangerous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Great thing about servos, make them work outside of their constraints and they break quite easily.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Car companies ARE communist, after all. I think all this tech is seriously going to dull driving and cars in general, and in a few years, the car probably is going to be in autopilot, shouldn't be hard already with satnav, lane assist, brake assist, ECO pedals, beeps when you put the key in the ignition, beeps when you open a door... I am praying that Porsche/Ferrari/Lambo/Aston/Corvette/GT-R etc don't fall prey to this, I want to be able to DRIVE a car and enjoy it
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will burned out actuators from relentless pushing be covered under warranty?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now I am beginning to get a little pissed off. What happens when the throttle is floored to make a pass of a hybrid car with a driver thinking he is saving the planet? Our personal freedoms are being taken away in the name of stupidity. Too bad we can't use stupidity to power our vehicles because stupidity is the one true renewable resource.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You won't need to "floor it" to get past a hybrid. Ha-ha. The system won't even kick in by the time you pass a hybrid. Now passing something with a kick instead of a hybrid (i.e Chevy Aveo) you might get some push-back from the pedal. Hahaha
        • 7 Years Ago
        Welcome to the legion of the people pissed off at stupidity masquerading as fashionable policy.

        We welcome all who know that we are being sold a bill of goods that is crap.

        The stupidity is so pervasive that Nissan thinks this is a good idea, with no "help" from the government.
        • 7 Years Ago

        You were doing great until you said a Chevy Aveo had kick... that thing doesn't have any kick. A 911 Turbo, that has kick... a Mercedes SL600 has kick... an Aveo does not.

        Aveo is 0 to 60 in 10.8 seconds... no torque what-so-ever. If you seriously think the Aveo is quick, stop by my house sometime when your in Los Angeles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want one on my car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Wasteful acceleration"?

      And just how does it know the difference between someone drag racing a Civic from a stoplight from trying to get out of the way of that semi that just careened into your lane?

      Stupid technology.

      If we want to save fuel, we know how to drive accordingly. Stop trying to MAKE us get 90MPG.
        • 7 Years Ago
        you know, it doesn't FORCE you to drive efficiently

        it just has a system of HELPING you use the appropriate amount of throttle

        of course, I'm sure this system will come with an off switch

        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree: This is useless tech, and potentially dangerous. What happens if you're trying to pass, try to floor the throttle but it doesn't let you?
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm flabbergasted by the comments in this thread... holy crap guys, can you read? communist jap crap telling you what to do? it's a -feedback- system. it gives your foot a -hint- that you can either heed or ignore.

      are you so feeble-minded that you're just gonna sit back and give up in an emergency because the jap-crap gas pedal pushed back an ounce at you?

      sounds like what you need is a flintstone technology system, just punsh a hole in the floor and remove the pedal box. that's about the amount of technology you guys can handle? no jap-crap pedals or stuff in the way, full control!

      • 7 Years Ago
      Quick acceleration is sometimes a safety issue. What's going to happen the first time someone's plowed under by a semi because his/her Altima decided speeding out of the way was "wasteful acceleration"?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think most people here need to calm down.

      I'm sure if you really need to accelerate in a hurry, you just push
      harder. Its there to REMIND you that your slow car doesn't go much
      faster when floored.

      This is something I would have LOVED my ex-girlfriend to have. There was no teaching her.

      Green light, gas to floor. Red light, brake to floor.

      Its not that she was in a hurry, she just thought nothing about her 'wasteful acceleration'.

      She could have used a little reminder that 'oh, thats a gas pedal,
      not a go-button. it has more than one speed. oopsie!'

      It was actually very uncomfortable riding with her and her mother was the same way. Hell, my mother is the same way. And my roomate (male) so I'm not just being stereotypical.

      MANY people don't understand how gas mileage/power/torque are delivered. So they press the go-pedal because they don't know any better.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ TJ,

        Yes actually. Depending on the person.

        @ David,

        I disagree. Because this simulates a manual. (with one foot at least).

        Anyone who regularly drives a manual has to learn how force on one pedal needs to be matched to that of the other. Therefore, they learn to modulate the throttle.

        But they typically develop the skill to pop the clutch faster and floor it if they need to get out of the way of a semi. I don't think they'll be too dumb to avoid death.

        While your idea is a good one, its not feasible. That would require mandating further requirements, which has not been done here. Its just a little foot massager being installed by Nissan.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Again, you are ok with the idea that a software engineer in Japan is held with the responsibility of teaching someone in America to be a better driver?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ TJ,

        Your children will misbehave. At least once. On almost EVERYTHING
        you try to teach them.

        Don't get high and mighty.

        @ notYou

        I got the message accross several times. Funny thing about dumb blondes though, (I don't think all blondes are dumb, just this particular example), they have a relatively short attention

        Constant reminders would work though. At least in some cases.

        @ David,

        Education is a good thing, but I don't think its politically going to happen anytime soon.
        • 7 Years Ago

        Good point on the manual, as I drive one, I understand.

        Personally, I would like to see a bit more required of the driver training program. I'm far from smart or an amazing driver, but I got a 91 (8 years ago). It is far to easy, and while the license laws have changed here a bit in Washington to deter driver distractions, I still think they have a ways to go in terms of actual training (ice, rain, etc).

        I think band-aid fixes to these problems (cell phones while driving, gps's, acceleration, etc) isn't going to solve the issue, just mask it. Prime example for me is cell phones, sure they are dangerous when driving, under certain circumstances, not all the time. The problem is the people who choose to talk on the phone no matter the driving condition.

        I'm not saying that education is going to solve the problem each and every time, but one who doesn't have to rely on electronics to accelerate slower given the proper conditions is going to be far more useful.

        I think there are some amazing things that are done with electronics these days, but I feel there's a point when you remove too much driver control/input, and combine it with a lower amount of education that problems can arise.

        I would not worry about myself driving a vehicle equipped with this as much as I'd worry about an idiot who doesn't understand much beyond key, turn, gas, brake.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Very well, to each his own. Personally, I will count on myself to teach my children how to drive, rather than allowing a piece of binary code do it for me. Something about personal responsibility comes to mind.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guys, it doesn't come out and stab your foot with a knife or anything. It just offers a helpful reminder that maybe you're accelerating away from that stoplight a little fast - much like the feeling you get from your brake pedal when you push it down more. It isn't going to stop you from pushing it down. It isn't going to rob you of any power and it isn't going to make you get 90MPG. It isn't going to cause you to get smashed by a truck or not make it across an intersection in time. Stop being ridiculous. Really. It's just going to offer a slightly higher resistance when it's pushed down more than 1/4 of the way, or something of that sort. It would never stop you from using the full power of the engine, and you're ridiculous if you think that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm with John Johnson. This is not a big deal. You will still have full use of and access to your right pedal. You want to mash it into the carpet? Go for it! You might need a burn an extra calorie in energy but you still be able to do it. This isn't a fuel cut-off.

        Seriously, you guys are getting uppity over nothing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with JJ and Alex. To me this is no different than "force feedback" on a Playstation steering whell. It is only going to give some feedback and not restrict anything. I think it is stupid but not that big of a deal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      how is this any different than a using a heavier throttle spring?
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