Skip to main content

Next Nissan Leaf To Borrow Bumper Car Controls

Nissan's next version of the Leaf Electric Vehicle will launch with the option to drive with just a single pedal. It's a control system you may have come across before - at the fairground on the bumper cars.

Now I'm sure that Nissan has good evidence that this change will make EVs easier to control, and it is a user option to turn this on and off, but I have concerns about how drivers will behave in extremis - those situations outside of the norm which call for instinctive reactions.

The single pedal system is clearly designed to make the most of the regenerative braking systems in the new Leaf, pushing usable range ever higher. In normal day to day driving it's not likely to be a major piece of re-education for drivers who know they are getting something a bit different from the norm.

The day when those same drivers are required to make that emergency stop, that high intensity braking moment when life and limb are at stake, I can't help but wonder if the instinctive movement to slam down the brake pedal will lead to e-Pedal drivers accelerating into exactly the impact they are trying to avoid.

We've seen unintended acceleration incidents happening in automatic cars for many years now. Adding more change into the mix just adds additional risk.

I expect that even with the e-Pedal driving setup enabled the traditional brake pedal will still activate the braking system, so long as drivers remember that there is a second pedal to hit.


Popular posts from this blog

F1: Robert Kubica Impresses In Renault Test Run

The car may be old but its the performance of the driver that's the story here. Robert Kubica returned to F1, after a fashion, earlier this week with an extensive test run in a 2012 Lotus Renault F1 car at Valencia.
The age of the car and the circuit were likely determined by F1's current rules which ban testing, but the reason for Kubica being in the car is far more interesting. Considered by many to be a potential World Champion and certainly one of the fastest drivers of his generation, Kubica's F1 career seemed to be over after a 2011 crash whilst driving in the Rally of Andora. His Skoda Fabia was penetrated by a guardrail in the high speed accident partially severing his right arm.
Up until last year Kubica has been competing in rallying, with the expectation that the limited movement in his repaired arm would prohibit a return to single seater racing.
So this week's test is both interesting and confusing. Interesting because Kubica completed 115 laps of the ret…

Panos Panay's Defence Of Microsoft Surface Hardware Sounds Eerily Familiar

This weekend I went out with my ten year old daughter to select a laptop for her school year beginning in January. The schools requirements are quite specific, requiring a Windows 10 device, with a preference for a touchscreen and a stylus. She chose a Surface Pro, after trying a large number of different options. Having seen the way I use my own Surface Pro - and tried it herself there was only ever going to be two options - and the other was a Surface Laptop.
I tell you this so that you understand I am a buyer of Microsoft's products through choice, not compulsion. I'm on my third Surface device now. 
So when Panos Panay dismissed reports of the death of the Surface hardware line, I was very interested to see exactly how strong these denials were. Especially how they reflect what has gone before. To whit: Windows 10 Mobile.
Panay claimed that Microsoft is in hardware for the long haul. Almost exactly mirroring the words of Terry Myerson, when he claimed Windows Mobile was g…

WhartonBrooks Indiegogo Windows 10 Mobile Even More Doomed To Failure Than Usual

WhartonBrooks is currently crowd-funding its latest Windows Mobile smartphone on Indiegogo. If crowdfunding isn't already a bad enough idea, a company trying to crowdfund a Windows Mobile device should be warning enough for you.
Not that anyone seems to be taking the project too seriously. With a few weeks left to run the campaign has managed to ensnare just 2% of its $1.1m target.
If you want a better indication of how few Window Mobile loyalists remain I doubt there is one. Of 3,900 Windows Phone enthusiasts Wharton Brooks was seeking for its new phone, it has managed to entice just 50.
Windows for Phones is dead, even if the corpse hasn't stopped twitching yet.