Bosch’s exciting new active gas pedal uses haptic signaling, a completely new kind of interaction between vehicle and driver. It is based on innovative data connection technology that continuously provides vehicles with information from a variety of sources. Signals are delivered to drivers, allowing them to intuitively correct their driving behavior. The prompt to push down or ease off the gas pedal is given precisely where it can be carried out virtually as a reflex – directly at the foot. With knocking, resistance or counterforce in the active gas pedal, it is no longer necessary to quickly re-check the cockpit display. Drivers feel confident and have a handle on the traffic situation without having to think too much about it – and this makes driving simply more fun!
Bosch turns the gas pedal into an active and connected assistant that supports drivers in various traffic situations. To do this, the active gas pedal uses an internal connection to the navigation, powertrain, and driver assistance systems. On top of this, the pedal also uses external data, such as information from other vehicles or connected infrastructure, which is transmitted to the vehicle via the cloud. Based on this technology, the active gas pedal becomes a safety, gearshift, and coasting assistant that warns of a traffic jam behind a bend, flags unnecessarily high fuel
consumption, or signals the switch to the internal combustion engine in hybrid vehicles. Warnings and indications are delivered by means of haptic signals that vary in kind and strength. This allows drivers to respond intuitively and adapt their driving style accordingly. The focus is always on improving safety, efficiency and enjoyment – goals supported by the active gas pedal by means of knocking, resistance and counterforce.
Hybrid vehicles are an important step on the road to achieving future energy and emissions targets. The active gas pedal is an additional booster of progress, as it reaches its full potential for fuel savings specifically in hybrid vehicles. With every switch from the electric motor to the internal combustion engine, the intelligent
system acting between both drive systems generates flexible resistance as a notification for the driver. This allows drivers to simply and intuitively adapt their driving behavior in order to save even more fuel and avoid creating emissions.
Based on the connected systems in the vehicle, the active gas pedal offers several functions that make driving more fuel efficient. To this end, Bosch’s innovative system focuses specifically on situations in which fuel consumption surges. Timely haptic signals inform drivers about the optimum time to shift gears, when there is an opportunity for start-stop coasting, and how to find a stable speed, enabling them to respond intuitively and noticeably reduce fuel consumption in all three situations.
Many road accidents could be avoided if drivers were warned about dangerous situations in advance and had time to adjust their behavior accordingly. Because it is connected to information from the cloud, engine management, and camera data, the active gas pedal is able to provide such safety-relevant functions by alerting motorists to wrong-way drivers and other dangerous situations such as
building sites, upcoming traffic jams, and excessive speed. The warning signals reach the driver as slight or strong counterforce, as flexible resistance or as knocking, triggering an intuitive reaction that can in many cases prevent hazardous situations altogether.