Electronic nannies are all the rage these days, with many cars being equipped with lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control and more. Nissan's got a new one in the works, though, that really seems rather intrusive: the ECO Pedal. Did the simple gas pedal really need to be tweaked? The pedal is programmed to push back at your foot when its computer decides you don't really need to accelerate as fast as you want. Nissan hopes that the pedal will teach overzealous drivers how to drive more efficiently, ultimately saving 5 to 10-percent on your fuel bill in the process.
We are all for learning to be better drivers, especially with the goal of reducing our environmental impact. Still, we'd greatly prefer a readout or a gauge which told us when we were lead-footing it a bit too hard. Fortunately, the system can be turned off.
[Source: The Detroit News