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Originally Posted by Pings View Post
Easy he seen a cop taking radar. He flew by, seen the cop, then called 911. By the time the cop makes a U-turn he getting a call about a run away Prius.
Stop being an idiot.

There are a number of reasons already mentioned why braking at speeds of 90mph with this broken car doesn't work out too well.
post #32 of 400
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Originally Posted by TestECull View Post
Wow. The Prius was already known to have issues with it's regenerative brake controller not applying brakes, and now they're running away as well?


Toyota, seriously, honest up. Your computers are glitching. Cars are running away. FIX IT OR GET THE HELL OUT OF THIS COUNTRY!


I can fix it for you, Toyota. Pay attention, I'm only saying this once.


Go back to a cable operated throttle. They tend to be more reliable, they tend to last longer, and they tend to warn drivers that they're going to stick long before they actually stick. To top it off they only stick as far down as the driver presses it. This typically is below 3/4 throttle for a modern car, so it won't go flying completely out of control. Besides, noone keeps your cars for the 20+ years it takes for an accelerator cable to wear out, so it's a moot point. They're crushed by then.

Secondly, make sure the brake pedal is mechanically attached to the same hydraulic brakes we've been using for 70 or 80 years now. No computers in the way, no nonsense. That way, if all else fails, the driver can still stop the car.

Thirdly, you might wanna make sure the brakes are capable of overpowering the engine. Do NOT do this electronically, as that seems to be your weak point. Either make the engine weaker than the brakes or put some six-piston Brembos on everything, I don't care.

Lastly, make sure your automatic has a direct cable attachment to the shift lever. This way, if for some reason unbenkownst to the rest of us, the car still runs away out of control, the driver can force the transmission into neutral. Ensure this is done hydraulically within the transmission, not electronically within the transmission, as again you've proved you can't make reliable electronics.


Follow these four steps, Toyota, and you'll notice your cars will stop running away and you might just be able to live this mess down in 10-15 years.
Couldn't have said it better. +1. I, personally, don't see the benefit in all the electronic mumbo jumbo. Cars should stay fully mechanical in these aspects especially. What are they trying to prove/save/show with all this fly-by-wire stuff?

Your cars were fine before all this, in fact, they were pretty top notch. Just make it stop.
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This makes me scared to buy a new car.. I wonder if the Honda CR-Z will suffer from these issues as well
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Hopefully people that dense just give up and crash off a cliff... I mean, damn, have people never even run out of gas, had the motor stall, and had to pull over without power steering?

If you haven't experienced that, then GET THE HELL OFF THE ROAD. You're a danger to yourself and everyone around you. What are you going to do if you run out of gas, go carreening into the median and cause a giant pileup?

God I hate people so much.
So what you're saying is that people should be stupid and run out of gas more often as a learning experience?

I'll get right on that...
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lol
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I'm going to the store right now. I will use nothing but the shifting into neutral and the E-Brake to stop the car. Just to see if I can. I will also putting my one foot under the gas to simulate the accelerator getting stuck, while in neutral.
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I'm going to the store right now. I will use nothing but the shifting into neutral and the E-Brake to stop the car. Just to see if I can. I will also putting my one foot under the gas to simulate the accelerator getting stuck, while in neutral.
If it makes you feel better, go for it.
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So what you're saying is that people should be stupid and run out of gas more often as a learning experience?

I'll get right on that...
So you're saying everyone that has ever run out of gas (which is pretty much everyone who has ever driven) is stupid?

GOOD LOGIC
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This makes me scared to buy a new car.. I wonder if the Honda CR-Z will suffer from these issues as well
Haven't heard anything about Hondas having problems with sticking throttles.
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after reading the article, I wonder how this guy ever got his license
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