• Apr 6, 2010
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Edmunds has officially announced the rules concerning its $1 million quest to get to the bottom of the Toyota unintended acceleration woes. If you think you can replicate the series of events that causes the sedans to go ballistic, you'll need to write up a 1,000 word summary packed full with what you think causes the problem, why your cause is plausible, a brief account of your test protocol and what you've found. Throw in an in-depth, step-by-step test protocol and get it all in by October 29, 2010 at 5 p.m. PST in order to be considered for the prize.

Edmunds says it will announce the winner(s) on March 31, 2011. If there is more than one winner, the purse will be split evenly between the victors. Be warned, though, Edmunds isn't about to pay out for causes that have already been identified by Toyota, the NHTSA or anyone else for that matter. The winning cause has to be completely unique and has to feasibly occur in the real world.

The good news is the competition isn't just limited to Toyota models. Edmunds will let you run your tests on any stock consumer vehicle sold in the U.S. between 2006 and 2011. Let the games begin. You can check out the full rules and all the fine print here.



[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
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      crppplll
      • 4 Years Ago
      With my C.B. radio I can make a T.V. with an unshielded antenna /cable wire and no RF filter light up bright white and I can talk over the speaker from a city block away with a direct line of sight. Now whether or not the Brain or wiring of the electronics in the automobile can be affected in the same way I don't know, I'm not an expert. However these experts should know and the electronics should be shielded. Some models are equipped with two way communications to the brain such as emergency response and navigation etc. Therefore jamming the pedal to the metal electronically to me is not far fetched.
      rahatcher64
      • 4 Years Ago
      I spent twenty five years dealing in one way or another with software glitches. The first
      thing you have to do is accept that there is one. At least more likely than not. The easiest, fastest way to correct it would be to design and install a simple accellerator
      over-ride system. It would be cheaper than spending months trying to find the glitch,
      plus business lost, some permantly. It should be standare equipment on any and all
      software driven automotive control systems. I speak from experience..good luck!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who wants to bet Edmunds gets to keep its $1,000?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They can keep their $1,000 as long as I get the other $999,000. The qualification requirements are pretty stringent as you have to be 65+ with a slight case of dementia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Right Foot
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm guessing Brian Ross already has his contest entry submitted.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man it would really suck if you actually managed to find out some magic combination of things that actually causes unintended acceleration and are like overjoyed that you're gonna be rich-only to realize that you have no way of stopping the car because somehow the problem actually disables your ability to shift, brake, emergency brake, and shut off the engine. LOL.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually laughed out loud imagining that scenario.

        "Honey, I've got it! I've figured it out! We're gonna be rich... wait... wait... no, this can't be happening... FFFUUUUUUUUUU----"
      Kelly
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can just see the idiots now, out in their cars on the freeway, actually TRYing to make their accelerator stick! This is going to be a disaster!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's an easy problem to solve. Buy a Ford!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like there's a typo with the date. It says to get entries in by October 29, but that Edmunds is going to select the winner on March 31.
        • 4 Years Ago
        March 31, 2011. It's 2010 now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can fix it with just 2 words. Ban imports.
      • 4 Years Ago
      what the hell? why is this been done?are they trying to be smarter then the american people?who cares about what edmunds think?lol. no more toyotas we dont need the garbageeeeeeeeeeee.lol put that in your pipe and smoke it.
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