I’m sitting in a rented Ford Transit van driving down El Camino Real in Palo Alto. The driver, Marco Della Torre, suddenly floors the gas pedal. And nothing happens—the car just keeps smoothly rolling along, just under the speed limit.
That’s because, just before we rolled out onto the road, Della Torre set an internal speed limit on the car. He also adjusted idle settings and shift points to make the car’s operation more fuel efficient. All that took him a couple of minutes, sitting in the passenger seat, with a gadget plugged into the van’s on-board diagnostics port. After making the adjustments, he unplugged the gadget and put it away. Read more here.
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