Vehicle Braking Performance: Braking Confidence and Pedal Feel Fast Track

I.D.# PD230912ON
Access Period: 90 days
Duration: 51 Minutes

Braking confidence and pedal feel are important braking performance attributes that should be optimized to achieve customer satisfaction with a vehicle's braking system. The relationship between the input force and travel provided by the driver to achieve the desired vehicle deceleration is as core to the vehicle personality or DNA as ride, handling, or driveability.This Fast Track will cover the main concepts and methods needed for tuning brake systems to desired pedal force and travel characteristics.

In this one-hour, ten minute online short course, instructor Tom Hall will teach how braking confidence is defined in both objective and subjective terms, the relationships between input force and vehicle force will be developed. In addition, the relationships between input travel and vehicle deceleration will be developed. Effects of primary brake system subcomponents will be evaluated. Effects on component variability including frictional properties of brake pads will be studied

Is this Fast Track for You?
The Vehicle Braking Performance: Braking Confidence and Pedal Feel Fast Track would be of value to anyone involved in the validation of a braking system, either in the development of the validation plan or the execution of the validation plan. This course would also be of value to those involved in vehicle marketing -- a detailed understanding of the metric's generation and contributing effects will insure that promotion and comparison is done in a qualified manner.

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By participating in this Fast Track short course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the general mechanism by which pedal force is converted to stopping force and vehicle deceleration by the brake system
  • Determine the amount of stopping force and deceleration that will occur for a given pedal force and pedal travel
  • Explain the general parametric relationships between pedal force, travel and vehicle deceleration, and how to adjust key parameters to achieve pedal force, pedal travel and vehicle deceleration targets
  • Explain how external factors such as elevation and temperature affect braking performance
  • Identify the challenges related to braking design and braking confidence optimization for emerging technologies such as regenerative braking capabilities of hybrid and electric vehicles


  • Introduction to Braking Confidence
  • Input Force to Vehicle Deceleration Relationship
  • Input Travel to Vehicle Deceleration Relationship
  • Parametric Analysis
  • Environmental Effects
  • Emerging Trends Affecting Braking Confidence

Instructor(s): Thomas J. Hall

Thomas J. Hall currently owns and manages MaxG Technology LLC. a technical consulting and training company, specializing in Vehicle Braking and Stability technology for the transportation industry, formerly the Chief Engineer for Global Brake Systems - General Motors for the Robert Bosch Chassis Systems Division. Prior to that, he was the Engineering Manager for System Design and Validation at ITT Automotive, Continental Teves. His experience also includes development of ABS, TCS and Stability Control Systems, responsibility for application of system engineering principles and process to the brake industry and development and promotion of brake system proposals and advance braking technologies. Mr. Hall has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Finance from Walsh College.

Materials Provided

  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 70 minute presentation
  • Integrated knowledge checks to reinforce key concepts
  • Proof of Participation (Transcript)

About Fast Tracks

SAE "Fast Tracks" are Internet-delivered short courses featuring animated presentation screens synchronized with audio instruction. Knowledge checks are incorporated throughout the course to reinforce learning and retention and gauge your understanding of a topic before you move forward.

Equipment Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8 (Apple OSX and Unix/Linux are not supported but may work)
  • Pentium 4 PC
  • Minimum 512 MB RAM; recommended 1 GB RAM
  • Internet Explorer 10-11, Mozilla Firefox 37+, Google Chrome 42+ (Safari and Opera are not supported)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

Online Access
Members save up to 19% off list price.
Have colleagues who need this course? Purchase access for one individual at the appropriate member or list price, then purchase access for up to four additional employees at 10% off the list price. Contact SAE Customer Service to arrange online access for all individuals at the same time or mention the confirmation number for the first purchase. The offer is good for only the same Fast Track. All participants will receive a personal account in the SAE Learning Center.


Quantity discounts for six or more students and corporate access options also are available - complete a Corporate Learning Solutions Request Form for a quote.

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