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2002-10-06

Eliminating Some Non-ergonomic Characteristics of Existing Automobile Brake and Accelerator Pedal to Enhance Safety 2002-01-2585

Automobile brake pedal and accelerator pedal are located at different positions by a distance apart from each other introducing a time delay (the difference between the time when actual braking action occurs and the time when the driver wants braking action). This time delay is the cause of many automobile collisions. In this research, a conceptual design has been modeled to actuate acceleration and braking system and analyzed for prospectus. The analysis shows that automobile collision may be avoided, damage caused by collision may be reduced by reducing vehicle-stopping distance 20% to 29% and some other non-ergonomic characteristics of existing accelerator and brake pedal can be eliminated.

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