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Resistance Isn't So Futile Answered

Nissan has introduced the Eco Pedal, an acceleration pedal that pushes back on the driver's foot if the driver is supplying unnecessary pressure and therefore being fuel inefficient.

From Wired News: Nissan estimates that the Eco Pedal, coupled with the already ubiquitous instant fuel readout on the dash, can increase fuel economy 10 to 15 percent.

While it may hinder driving freedom a little bit, it seems more like it's there to be a friendly little reminder. Sort of like parents when you're learning how to drive. Very environmentally friendly, fuel optimizing parents.

Nissan via Wired News


now all we need is a Car that drives itself

I believe work is being done to crate a network of self driving cars, with priorities, so if someone bleeding to death, they will get a more direct path then a person on their morning commute. Traffic will be a thing of the past, as will accidents.

Yes, but once the manufacturers have sold you it, you'll find the traffic will be exactly the same. Then you will have to pay for the AI upgrade each month, and the traffic routing info per day, and it probably won't actually let you drive faster than the limit, nor close on a car too close, nor brake sharply unless it deems it is an emergency, nor get p'd off enough to nose forward at junctions where you would otherwise be sitting all day because there are no gaps until someone lets you in. Sounds great. The future may well be over-modded.

I would be very annoyed, flummoxed, and potentially a little steamed. So long as I can afford the gas, I will "over-accellerate" all I please. For example, going from Hwy 285 to Colo. 470 on a weekday requires going from 15 mph to 65-80 mph (depends on the day) quite quick, or you'll run out of lane and get hit from behind if you try and merge at a "fuel efficient" speed. It's nerve-wracking, but I kinda like that exit, since it means I get to floor it and hang on. Of course, most of the time, i take a different route around town, and drive 3-5mpg better than the car is rated for. All without an econanny. The eco-pedal is a nice idea, but if you can't turn it all the way off, it's like the electro nannies that won't let you drive it loose, go over 133, or do a burnout. It's no fun to take 'em to the track.

I think that is why this is intended to be a tactile information device, not a limiter. If you want to floor it because that's what driving conditions require, floor it. I doubt this device is meant to prevent you from accelerating hard, it's just acting as another gauge telling you how much fuel you are using, but that information comes through to your brain better via the sole of your foot than another dial on an increasingly cluttered dashboard. Do you purposefully ignore your speedometer on that junction because it tells you how fast you are going? I agree that you should be able to turn it off though, excessive interference with your driving is counterproductive- perhaps the "kick-down" sensor that detects heavy acceleration should disable the tactile feedback until your speed settles down?

I don't ignore my speedometer, but when I get a manifold-vaccuum guage for that car, I would ignore it, since it's giving me the news I already know: I'm using a lot of gas, fast. I think the idea of a eco-pedal as a "tactile information device" is a good one, especially for people who don't understand how to drive efficiently. But it would not be a selling point for me (even though apparently it can be turned off, but perhaps not all the way), and I don't think people should rely on it to drive efficiently, instead using it as a learning tool and nothing more. otherwise I'd think that they'd be right back in their old habits as soon as they got behind the wheel of a different car. Vaccuum guages have been used to tell you how much fuel you're using for decades now, and although you do have to look down at an increasingly cluttered guage cluster to find it, watching your vaccuum and keeping it within a specific range can take you from the rated 9-11 mpg to a respectable 17-20 mpg day-to-day city driving a 396 Camaro. Watching your tach (or just listening to the exhaust if your car doesn't have a tach) can make a big difference, too, once you learn it. So I guess my point is that this pedal is best for people who need a kick in the pants, but not for folks who are already in the habit of going easy on the gas.

That's an excellent point, I also encounter lots of situations where you just have to give 'er and nevermind the extra fuel (mostly highway on-ramps).

And getting out of tough situations. I've had to gas it out of a tight spot more than once, and since then, I've made a point of always driving something that can gas, steer, or stop on demand, not five mintues after I ask it to, if at all. Car salesmen on test drives have certainly had some intersting days when I came calling...

man imagine what's on the news tommorrow man's foot broken by acceleration petal

Haha, I love the borg. But I would be very annoyed at such an arrangement.