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Dear Bob

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_steering

Is it also possible to integrate the Brake, Accelerator Functions available to the Driver available on the Steering wheel to the Driver through re-engineering process ?.

If it is possible, then do you feel this could be advantageous to the current acceleration, braking mechanism available to the driver near the feet ?.

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
Almost anything can be done with powered control systems.  Scooters make little or no use of the feet.  Cars for handicapped drivers routinely use hand controls.  Various options have been tried experimentally, including combined accellerator-brake controls, where half-way down is neutral, and various ways to replace the steering wheel.  The public has never asked for an option to buy such cars.  
Please tell me something about your situation, and your prospects for using these answers if there is another question coming.

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Bob Stuart

Expertise

I'm best on questions of the suitability of new technologies, but will try to keep up with retail offerings of hybrid vehicles too.

Experience

Designing human-electric hybrids.

Organizations
International Human Powered Vehicle Association

Publications
4th Annual Velomobile Seminar proceedings, many listserv postings.

Education/Credentials
few academics, but my 1st prototype won a world championship, and I've lectured to engineers.

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