Electrifying cars entails more than simply swapping out engines for batteries and electric motors. Other car components are benefiting greatly from electrons.
With a new system called Sensify, Brembo is attempting to take the “panic” out of panic stop. The feature, which is currently being tested but has been in development for ten years, replaces the main components of today’s typical braking systems with high-tech components.
The master cylinder, brake lines, and brake fluid are no longer present. In their place is a smaller, lighter electric setup that clamps down on the brake disc using actuators and algorithms rather than fluid pressure.
“A little bit over a year ago Brembo introduced its new vision. Not be satisfied with what we’ve achieved over the years, but to further our leverage, our knowhow, and our skills to develop the products of tomorrow. Sensify is the tangible implementation of our mission,” Stephane Rolland, President and CEO of Brembo North America.
He further added that: “When you feel in full control and safe, you’re willing to be more daring, and express your full potential. This is what Sensify will deliver,” he said. “It’s the merger of two words. Sense, the ability to perceive and external signal. And the word simplify, which is about the way the system can be integrated into the current ecosystem.”
The Sensify system not only stops faster than traditional braking systems, but it also eliminates the pulsing brake pedal sensation associated with traditional antilock brakes.
Brembo claims it can be installed on two or all four wheels, and that it will eventually be used on commercial and racing vehicles.
The Sensify system reduces drag between the brake discs and pads, resulting in longer disc and pad life as well as improved mileage or range on an electric vehicle. It sounds like a brake-by-wire system like the Toyota Prius, Lexus RX, Alfa Romeo Giulia and a few others currently employ, but Rolland assured that it was different.
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