The Effects of Accelerator Position and Leg Angle on the Movement Time between the Brake and Accelerator Pedals in the Automobile.
ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND TEXARKANA TEX INTERN TRAINING CENTER
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The test set-up in the project simulated the brake and accelerator pedals in the automobile. The objective of this project was to investigate the difference in movement times when the positional relationship between the accelerator and brake were varied. Another criteria of interest was that of leg positioning. Three accelerator positions were investigated in this project. Position 1 was where the accelerator pedal was one inch higher than the brake pedal. Position 2 was where the two pedals were even, and Position 3 was where the accelerator was four and a half inches lower than the brake pedal. Also, three leg angles, measured at the knee joint, were studied in the project. These angles were 1 large 130-145 degrees, 2 subjects choice of angle, and 3 small 105-115 degrees. Experimental results indicated that accelerator positioning was statistically and practically significant, while that of leg positioning was only statistically significant. Author