Recommended Practice for Powered Gas Brake Control Systems
This SAE Recommended Practice establishes a uniform procedure for assuring the manufactured quality, installed utility and performance of automotive powered gas/brake controls other than those provided by the vehicle manufacturer (OEM). These products are intended to provide driving capability to persons with physical disabilities. These products function as adaptive modifications to compensate for lost or reduced function in the extremities of the driver. Powered gas/brake control systems are not only designed to transfer foot functions to the hands or from one side of the body to the other, but to supplement by power, other than by the driver’s own muscular efforts, the force output of the driver.
As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has become more involved with vehicle modifications, the need to assure registration of manufacturers of assistive devices, including powered gas/brake control systems, has become more essential.