This is the Automatic Shift Lock (ASL) or an Engine Start Operation Indicator symbol. When the ignition is on, ASL locks the shifter in neutral or park. The symbol of a shoe inside the typical circular brake symbol is a reminder that the brake must be stepped on to release the lock and shift the transmission into drive or reverse.
There are yet more variations used in the industry below …
The symbol of a shoe, boot or foot on or near a pedal is a reminder that the brake must be engaged to start a push button or keyless start car. The image may appear on an instrument panel or on the console near the shifter. With a start push button or keyless start vehicle, the indicator will appear on the instrument panel.
A newer system, Predictive Efficiency Assist, also uses the image of a foot or shoe, but in green. It is NOT associated with shifting the vehicle. Be careful not to confuse the two.
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