Collection 2 – On the Benz 3-tonne truck
At first, it was not at all clear how the driver was to use his or her feet – every car manufacturer arranged the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals differently. Then, in 1908, the Prussian military decreed a uniform pedal arrangement in army vehicles. This is how the order, which is still in use today, of accelerator, brake and clutch (from right to left) as applied to imperial army trucks came about. However, it took some time for the system to catch on. Even in the 1920s, the number and arrangement of pedals in civilian cars were anything but uniform.