Originally Posted by Brainless
didn't subaru used to have a "hill hold" on the manual trans?
It's still available across the Subaru line, including the Forester and Impreza and Outback lines, and was updated for 2010 to a full electronic system. It's also in new Jeep Wranglers and the Dodge Challenger SRT8. Variants of the technology have / are being used by (among others) Fiat, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Saab and Cadillac.
There seem to be several people who don't quite understand how it works. When the clutch is disengaged (pedal to floor), and right after you take your foot off the brake, but before you get to the gas, the brakes continue to hold the vehicle in place for up to 3 seconds more .. or until you let out the clutch to the point of friction and apply gas.
Like I've said .. sure you can slip the clutch to hold the vehicle. And yes you can dick with the ebrake. But given that the brake sensors are already on these trucks for things like VSC and TRAC, this one seems like an easy push button addition to the dash that could help extend the life of the clutch, especially on larger vehicles.
Note I said push button ... sometimes rolling back / rocking is exactly what you want. This is a big problem with the system on the Wranglers ... it's not easy to turn off. The autos of course already have it, which is really interesting because I never use it in an auto .. they don't roll back to begin with. But there are plenty of other times when this would be a nice additional feature to have on a MT.