GM says the decision was made in light of Toyota's recent recall issues, and that it intends to have an advanced brake override system installed on all of its models from 2012. Toyota will have a similar system installed on its new vehicles by the end of next year.
"News media analyses of government data consistently validates that GM’s safety record on this issue is among the strongest in the industry," said Tom Stephens, Vice Chairman of GM's Global Product Operations."At the same time, we know safety is top of mind for consumers, so we are applying additional technology to reassure them that they can count on the brakes in their GM vehicle."
Some of GM's current models already feature the technology, known as Enhanced Smart Pedal, which cuts engine power if it is detected that the throttle and brake are being applied simultaneously. So far the Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Corvette and Cadillac CTS-V already include the technology as standard equipment.