Mike Stevens | Aug 5, 2008

Nissan's Japan HQ has developed an accelerator pedal which can detect excess, unnecessary pressure, and push back on the driver's foot to increase fuel efficiency. The driver will be able to choose whether to have this featured switched on or off.

Research at Nissan showed that the ECO pedal system, which also displays real-time fuel consumption information in the dash, could show an improvement to the vehicle's fuel efficiency by up to 5 to 10 percent.

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The ECO pedal stands as one part of Nissan's plan to reduce its cars' carbon dioxide emissions, which also includes improvement to vehicle technologies, educating drivers, and improving traffic conditions.

In 2007, Nissan announced a plan to install the a fuel consumption indicator in the dash of all its new cars, which indicates the optimal speed and style for fuel efficiency by displaying a green, flashing, or amber light.

While it plans to install the ECO pedal in its cars from next year, Nissan hasn't specified which models will receive the feature.

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