Hyundai Motor Co. announced that all its models will feature brake-throttle override technology. Hyundai said that it already offers critical safety technologies to its customers before U.S. safety regulators demand it. Last April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed that all future light vehicles should have this technology.
This override mechanism enables drivers to halt the vehicle if the accelerator pedal becomes stuck. This move was the result of the unintended acceleration crisis that Toyota had faced in 2009, leading to a massive recall. The throttle-override technology effectively stops the vehicle when the brake and accelerator pedal are depressed at the same time.
This is still a proposal though. For it to be a mandate, there would have to be a public comment period. But then, Hyundai would rather not wait. Hyundai has actually started to offer this technology in 2010. The other automakers that provide brake-throttle overrides are Chrysler, GM, Ford, and Toyota. Hyundai said that it’s still possible that the throttle control will malfunction but then there are other safety electronics installed on the vehicle to prevent this.
Hyundai unveiled its Veloster 3-door coupe at the North American International Auto Show in 2011. The cutting-edge 2012 Veloster brings innovation to its segment (compact coupe segment) with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system, a unique 3rd door for easy access to the rear seat, a new 1.6L direct-injected 4-cylinder engine paired with the brand’s first dual-clutch transmission, and the Pandora internet radio with 7-inch touch-screen display.
The Hyundai Veloster's one-of-a-kind design was inspired by high-performance sport bikes. The vehicle boasts distinctive black A-pillars that lend a motorcycle helmet visor-like appearance to the glass. The car’s front end sports an aggressive form with the Korean carmaker’s signature hexagonal front grille, unique Hyundai LED position lights, and hood scoop detailing. There are also optional packages that add a chrome grille surround, fog lights, a massive panoramic sunroof, and piano black highlights.
As for its profile, the Veloster showcases muscular wheel arches, "Fluidic Sculpture" character lines, wraparound headlights and taillights, and bodycolor mirrors and door handles. What’s more, the Hyundai Veloster comes with standard 17” alloy wheels, yet offers two types of 18” wheels as option. These top-of-the-line 18” wheels come with painted inserts, which is a segment first.
In addition, the Veloster's dynamic rear design features a distinctive glass hatch, black lower fascia complementing the assertive front fascia, and twin centered chrome exhaust tips.