Kurt Andro – November 12th 2015

Conventional vs. pressure sensitive pedals

Conventional vs. pressure sensitive pedals

Brief description, objectives

The objective is identical with Wheel Brake.

New way of actuating the service brake for passenger cars, trucks, etc., which should lead to a reduced stopping distance during emergency braking in order to avoid collisions or, where a collision can no longer be avoided, to a lower collision speed.

Advantages of "Pedals" over "Wheel Brake"


In an emergency braking situation, moving the foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal causes the loss of valuable time, which leads to an unnecessarily long stopping distance. There is also a risk that the driver will get stuck behind the brake pedal when changing feet in the rush of an emergency situation (shock) and that no braking will occur at all.


Common pedals are completely omitted. In their place a tread surface is used, which is interrupted in the middle by a slight elevation (middle bar).

In an emergency situation, the right foot can be quickly moved to the left to the braking surface. Safer and much faster than conventional pedals, as the leg does not have to be pulled back first.

On Wheel Brake you will find further information on piezoelectric foils, implementation, tests, control logic, redundancy and links to other websites.