"I think this is real progress," said Anderson, who has consistently argued that electromagnetic interference, or EMI, is the likely culprit in many cases of sudden unintended acceleration. "With NASA, safety is paramount."
Anderson said that NASA is very aware of the potential impact of EMI on electrical systems in spacecraft. Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said that the company "welcomes the opportunity for NAS and NASA to weigh in on these discussions" and that DOT and NHTSA had Toyota's full support.
Said Lyons, "We expect that they will bring a thorough and scientific approach to their examination of the issues. Separating fact from fiction can only be good for the motoring public and the industry as a whole. We are confident in our vehicles and in our electronics."
Toyota has recalled more than 8 million cars worldwide, including 6 million in the U.S., to fix floor mats, "sticky" pedals and braking software.