Dead Pedal and the Perception of Performance of a Continuously Variable Transmission 2005-01-1596
The flat ratio schedule that maximizes the performance advantages of a CVT may also be a source of consumer resistance. A previous investigation of consumer perception did obtain maximum engine power and pickup ratings using the flat-ratio schedule, but some data were missing due to traffic conditions on public roads. This paper is a report of an experiment conducted at the Dearborn Proving Ground to confirm the flat-ratio-schedule advantage for engine power and pickup ratings, and to investigate further the effects of varying Dead Pedal. Driver ratings of engine power and pickup replicated the earlier findings, and an overall advantage of low Dead Pedal was found for ratings of engine power and pickup and for transmission smoothness.