Bosch has plans to market a connected gas pedal which promises to bring 7 percent savings in fuel to drivers and potential savings in life to all thanks to adding haptic feedback to a gas pedal.
The feedback connects to the rest of the car’s smart system and alerts the driver through palpable vibrations when it’s time to ease off the pedal. But, the Bosch system still allows the driver to override it when desired or needed.
The Bosch pedal delivers the message via three kinds of haptic feedback: vibration to signal some warning or information; knocking that could be used, for example, to tell the driver the best time to shift gears and counter pressure to act as a deterrent to, say, ill-advised acceleration.
Aside from transmission, the Bosch system also connects to the car’s navigation and assistance systems and gives drivers more noticeable warnings in addition to any visual warning system. For example, when connected to collision warning systems, the pedal can also vibrate to tell drivers not to speed up.
The pedal can also be made to connect to the Internet and potentially to other cars as well, even to connected infrastructure like traffic lights, buildings, and more. This allows the pedal to act like a hub for all of these sources of information to relay relevant warnings to drivers in a non-obtrusive manner.
Bosch hasn’t yet made known when and where this new type of gas pedal will hit cars in the market. But as the one of the world’s biggest suppliers it will just be a matter of time before tomorrow’s smart cars get their own smart gas pedals.