Driving is something that a lot of people look forward to at a young age and at the same time it can be a scary experience. As a young driver you have to learn a lot in a short time and even as you get older you have to continue to worry about simple things while driving. Reaction is something that is very important to every driver and if your reactions slow down or aren’t that fast to begin with you can have difficulty and an increase in the likely hood of having an accident. That could all change however with an invention which has been around for a long time but isn’t until recently getting support would give the driver a single pedal instead of two.
Alright, so one pedal as opposed to two when driving seems like it’s not that big a deal in terms of things, but the Japanese inventor who came up with the one pedal design Masuyuki Naruse, says that the two pedal design is dangerous. Now, before you say it doesn’t really create a problem, sit there and think about how many times a new pair of shoes or a change in shoe size has caused you to have difficulty with not touching the brake pedal. What happens if your foot has a slight turn or you injure your foot? That can cause problems with room and as I said before if your shoe size is quite large; the pedals being inches apart can be an issue.
So, with the above issues being evident, how does Naruse’s design help it? Well for starters the Naruse pedal design places the accelerator control on the side of a larger brake pedal which allows the individual driving to nudge it to the right to then increase the acceleration and then downward to stop the vehicle This may not seem like much but think about the fact that if someone pulls out in front of you or an accident happens right in front of you and you have to react and you accidentally hit the accelerator pedal instead of the brake? It happens more than people know and it has nothing to do with the person not knowing how to drive, it simply has to do with the person being scared and trying to react. If you remove the error causing instrument, then you remove the possibility of increase accidents and operator error.
As far as human reactionary impulse this is also a great design. If you think about it, the human reaction in a car is to slam your foot down and not to turn it sideways so you won’t have a problem with the accelerator and someone hitting the wrong pedal. The problem with this design however will not be the cars adopting it as much as the user relearning their years of impulse and awareness in the car, but in the end it will help to save lives and may also allow the driver to react much faster than before and help young drivers stay out of accidents early on in their driving careers.