• Nov 24th 2010 at 8:01AM
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Nissan's ECO Pedal system, launched on the Fuga back in 2009, is the first technology of its type to assist drivers in saving fuel. When activated, the system counteracts the driver's urge to push down on the accelerator pedal. Basically, as a driver attempts to floor it, the ECO Pedal responds by pushing back; a less-than-subtle way of getting the driver to not stomp on the gas. Studies have shown that the ECO Pedal system alters one's driving style, contributing to a five to ten percent increase in fuel efficiency.

Nissan and Mikuni Corporation, an automotive parts supplier, jointly developed the ECO Pedal system. Now, through a licensing agreement signed by both companies, the fuel-saving pedal setup is no longer exclusive to the automaker and can be used – well, technically bought– by other car companies. Nissan released exclusive rights in hopes that widespread application of the pedal system will drive down costs and allow other automakers to install the setup on the cheapest of econoboxes.

[Source: Nissan]

PRESS RELEASE

Nissan Licenses ECO Pedal Technology to Mikuni

YOKOHAMA (November 16, 2010)--Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced it will license its ECO Pedal technology to Mikuni Corporation.

Nissan developed the ECO Pedal system, the world's first technology of its type to assist drivers in fuel efficient driving, and commercialized it for the Nissan Fuga, which was launched in 2009.

When the ECO Pedal system is on, each time the driver exerts excess pressure on the acceleration pedal, the system counteracts in advance with a pedal push-back control mechanism (tactile indicator) to support drivers for more effective, fuel-efficient driving. Studies show that effective eco-driving behavior with ECO Pedal drive assist contributes to improve fuel efficiency from 5 to 10% (based on internal measurement) in many driving conditions.

Mikuni jointly developed the ECO Pedal system with Nissan for Fuga. Through the licensing agreement, this technology will be available for sale to other companies.

Nissan will contribute to the growth of technology through its efforts to promote the application of its unique technologies and know-how, not only for its own use, but also in a variety of fields. Profit generated through the effective utilization of such intangible assets will be used for investing in new technology development, further contributing to Nissan's technological competence.

The licensing of the ECO Pedal technology is an example of these efforts. Nissan will promote the wide-spread application of this system to lower price and increase adoption to a wide range of vehicles including those of other automakers. Nissan is committed to developing and promoting the wide-spread application of eco-friendly technologies, and continues to invest in the development of technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, and hopes to play a role in the development of a sustainable society.

* Mikuni Corporation: Comprehensive auto parts manufacturer producing and marketing automobile products, care/welfare equipments and gas appliances/humidifiers.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this is a good innovation that will help people learn the basic physics principle that it takes more energy to accelerate something quickly than it does to accelerate slowly to the same speed.

      When designing gas vehicles manufacturers don't have to worry about using the gas efficiently(because they don't pay for it and consumers don't read mileage stickers) their only consideration is horsepower, acceleration and cargo carrying - towing capacity.

      Since EV energy & range is limited vehicle manufacturers have an incentive to lower vehicle weight, improve aerodynamics and provide driver feedback to maximize efficient driving. All things being equal if you have 2 equivelent EVs of similar cost and features the vehicle with additional range(and efficiency) will sell more units.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm actually impressed that it's coming in cars. I don't see how the added costs of the device being reflected on the window sticker (fuel economy or range-- which is where automakers DO worry about efficiency to correct an earlier poster) or in other regulatory credits since those tests are all pretty well defined in terms of how hard the pedals are pressed (there is a clause in the U.S. that allows for arguing for credit based on "real world" benefits, but it's not easy to get through and not to be relied upon in planning). I assume it will get alot of marketing buzz in order to get something out of it. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for this type of feedback, but cars are made for profit, so adding costs that will not be reflected in anything in the showroom is often a losing argument. Kudos to the managers/companies that approved this type of improvement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something you can do that has a similar effect - if your arms are long enough, move your seat back a little bit (you may need to make the seat more upright to maintain good positioning). You'll automatically use less intense acceleration.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So, without knowing where most people have their seat set, you think that moving it "a little bit" is a terrible idea? Many people drive far too close to the steering wheel as it stands.

        I did *not* say, "Move as far back as you can so that you can still tippy-toe the pedals." See the difference?
        • 4 Years Ago
        And good luck if you need to do some intense braking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously, that's a terrible idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is all well and good, but it would also make sense to set things up for easy free-wheel coasting.

      http://neilblanchard.blogspot.com/2010/11/on-regenerative-braking-and-coasting.html

      Sincerely, Neil
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