A Study on Design Factors of Gas Pedal Operation

Masayoshi Horiue, Ohtsubo tomonori, Hiroshi Okiyama, Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Toshio Tsuji
2012 SAE International Journal of Passenger Cars - Mechanical Systems  
Lateral distance from the center of a driver's seating position to the gas and brake pedals is one of the main design factors that relates to the ease of stepping on the pedals from one and the other. It is important to keep a certain distance between the pedals to prevent erroneous operations or to reduce the driver's anxiety. In this paper, we explain that the distance between the pedals is affected by the driver's seating height. In other words, if the driver sits lower, the accuracy of
more » ... he accuracy of stepping on the pedals from the gas pedal to the brake pedal will increase compared to the higher seating position. In addition, we found out that providing auxiliary parts for the leg support enhances the accuracy of the pedal operations.
doi:10.4271/2012-01-0073 fatcat:kyk3uz727bdpbjj6tgu4rdqbhm