With that in mind, and strongly believing that having two pedals, one for acceleration and one for braking, is a major no-no, Japanese inventor Masuyuki Naruse came up with the solution: the Naruse pedal.
Since we know the name “Naruse pedal” means nothing to you, let us explain. Instead of having two pedals for the operations mentioned above, this one, a single one, can be used for both acceleration and braking.
The system features a pedal per se, equipped with a lever on the right. When the driver needs to accelerate, he only has to push the lever to the side, and that accelerates the car. When braking is needed, the driver will push down on the pedal, and the brakes will be applied. Simply put, to accelerate, move the foot to the side, to break, press the foot on the pedal.
“We have a natural tendency to stomp down when we panic,” the inventor told The New York Times. “The automakers call it driver error. But what if their design’s all wrong?”
According to the inventor, the system requires no big modifications to be made to the braking system of the car. According to The New York Times, the conversion costs 100,000 yen ($1,156). The gas-brake pedal received the approval of the Japanese traffic safety organizations and is currently being used on some 130 vehicles.