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Continental Introduces Accelerator Force-Feedback Pedal for Savings
In brief: First introduced in 2008, the latest iteration of the Continental AG Accelerator Force Feedback Pedal (AFFP) may be in vehicles as early as 2012 or 2013.
The pedal was first introduced as a safety device meant to react to road conditions, slippage, and other issues. That has changed and the pedal is now also capable of giving feedback to the driver about their efficient driving habits.
The AFFP has been tested in several vehicles for efficiency improvements and initial results have shown promise. When the driver is alerted to over-acceleration, signaled when gears should be changed, etc., the driver tends to be much more efficient in their habits, improving fuel economy and cutting emissions by 5 to 10%.
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The AFFP is likely to be in production as an add-on or after-market device in 2012 or 2013.
Photo credits: Continental AG
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