The automotive industry is in the midst of making leaps and bounds relating to braking safety. There is a need for newer and safer technologies to bring cars to a grinding halt and keeping all of its occupants from harm’s way. The pursuit to innovate is never-ending as the accident numbers haven’t technically gone down around the world. it is true that cars today are much safer than the tin-can predecessors 50 years back, but the reality is…we have a long way to go.
It doesn’t matter if you are in a professional car racing event, racing cars on tracks or driving to the local supermarket, the next issue discriminates no class of driving; the technology that has gotten the attention of the brake safety connoisseurs nowadays is none other than brake override systems. The simple solution to when a stuck accelerator leads to millions of car crashes and likewise, an equal number of lives lost.
Simply put, it is when the accelerator pedal gets stuck and the driver loses control over the throttle, that many accidents occur. If the car is a manual transmission one, then the solution is quite straight forward- hit the clutch and gear down to neutral. It doesn’t matter if the accelerator pedal is still stuck, since the gear is in neutral the car is not being fed power and hence doesn’t speed and you can apply brakes to stop the car.
The situation turns grim when technology takes over and the car is automatic. This is where a brake override system is needed to rectify the issue.
The Brake Override System
The working of the system is not complicated as many may believe. The system collects information from the speed sensors, the position sensors on the accelerator pedals and the brake light switch circuitry. The brakes are deployed efficiently to stop the car if the certain permissible limits are crossed.
In case the brake and accelerator pedals are both pressed down, the revs drop. The car comes to a slow and the next thing to do would be to switch to neutral to prevent re-accelerating of the vehicle. The system however works at speeds more than 8 kmph and when the brakes are firmly stomped down for more than 1.5 seconds.
The Curtain Closer
With more systems and technological components coming into play to make the work of the driver easier, tried and tested safety protocols and systems need to be in place to keep the occupants safe. The results will instill more confidence in the public.