A Road Test Comparison of Reaction Times Using the Combined Brake-Accelerator Pedal the the Conventional Brake Pedal at Varying Speeds and Road Conditions.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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Road testing of a combined brake-accelerator pedal was conducted at Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, California. One purpose was to compare the results of the road test with previous results of laboratory experiments at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. Another purpose was to investigate the effect of moderate speeds and road conditions on brake reaction times. A total of 13 test subjects were used, from 28 to 43 years of age, each contributing 40 reaction times during approximately 16 miles of driving. The combined brake pedal and the conventional brake pedal were compared for average reaction times. Savings in brake reaction time during one road test were translated into a distance of approximately 15 feet at 60 miles per hour.
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