Today’s driver is very likely well-versed and comfortable with the vibrating brake pedal that lets them know that the vehicle’s anti-lock braking system has been engaged and everything is working appropriately.
Now Bosch Corp. is taking that type of feedback, also known as haptic feedback, to the other pedal on the floor. The German supplier has developed a gas pedal that will vibrate to let the driver know when he or she is driving in a way that is less than optimal when it comes to fuel economy.
Bosch says its “active gas pedal” reduces fuel consumption by as much as 7% when its networked with other automotive functions, such as the transmission. For example, in a vehicle with a manual transmission, it will vibrate at the optimal time to shift gears while accelerating. The system offers other benefits as well. (more…)