U.S. automotive safety regulators have enlisted NASA scientists to help solve the mystery surrounding Toyota's electronic throttles, and whether they are the cause of runaway vehicles.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also said experts from the National Academy of Sciences will examine the problem of "unintended acceleration" across the auto industry.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will work with NASA engineers specializing in electronic systems, electromagnetic interference and "software integrity," the agency said Tuesday (March 30).
The government will spend about $3 million on the NASA and academy studies, a pricetag that includes purchasing the alleged runaway Toyotas.
One place government engineers should focus on is firmware in Toyota's electronic control units. I've been unable to confirm speculaton that this is a possible source of Toyota's throttle problem.
Please log on to our forum if you've heard anything about troubled firmware or any other possible causes for faulty Toyota electronic throttles.