BRAKE OF THE FUTURE : THE ELIMINATION OF THE HYDRAULIC AND GOING ELECTRIC

The car and its part had seen various evolution and revolution amalgamation from the year of antebellum. The car and its part had evolved to a level where the contemporary car had been more futuristic, more congenial, and most importantly, safer. The incessant effort from the car manufacturers with their distinctive design combined with the safety and regulation on the specific situation had made the car in the present era safer with some advanced technologies that had morphed the car control from fully manual to semi-autonomous. Nevertheless, the role of the car driver in being responsible for the safety of the occupant and other road users still has not vanished. The semi-autonomous technologies in the car are only for assisting the driver in some specific situations and not fully taking over the driver’s responsibilities while on the go.

Most of the improvement comes from increasing the car’s performance by reducing fuel consumption, making the occupant feel more comfortable, and more assistance for the drivers. Conversely, they are one part in which the objective is different altogether. The car’s braking system is designed for one purpose: decelerating the vehicle as quickly as possible to hinder any collision. The car’s braking system had become one of the most vital aspects for stopping the vehicle in the shortest time possible. For instance, the Buggati Veyron engineering had been inspired by the aircraft braking system and had implemented it in the model. The aircraft mechanism had been used to make the Buggati, built for ultimate performance to decelerate in the shortest possible time.

The car braking system has three main components: the calliper, rotor and brake pad. Once the drivers have pressed the brake pedal, the process of the master cylinder and pressurize brake fluid will be transferred to the brake calliper, which causes the piston to press against the brake rotors through the brake pad, which then decelerates the vehicle. Even though they can be a different tools for the braking components, the technique is the same. They were using friction to decelerate the road friction altogether. The hydraulic system in the braking system is also salient in the modern-day braking system.

The hydraulic system had been a long-established braking component in the vehicle. Still, the hydraulic braking system can be eliminated hereinafter if Brembo and Continental’s vision of an electric braking system comes to reality. Most car manufacturers had been gearing toward an electric car, with some countries making a regulation for all vehicles to have an electric engine. Even Toyota, resistant to the electric vehicle, had been working incessantly to produce their own electric car. In the contemporary, most car manufacturers have at least one electric engine model in their showroom, whether a pure electric car or hybrid.

Continental and Brembo envisioned a future of braking using electric power with the electric engine. Both of them, however, have a different process of implementation. Brembo is currently making a system called Sensify, which is essentially a brake by wire. The system that Brembo had envisioned and tried to implement for the future cars is to remove all hydraulic components from the braking system and eliminate any physical connection between the pedal and disc. In lieu, the aforementioned braking system will use intelligent Artificial Intelligence(AI) to determine the correct amount of braking power depending on the driving circumstance.

However, in the Sensify, the hydraulic is not entirely removed as hydraulic callipers are still available to receive the correct braking power through the AI. While Brembo envisioned the Sensify as the future of the braking system, Continental envisioned that the braking system without the hydraulic system and go completely dry.

Continental believed this would be possible if all the wheel brakes could be activated electromagnetically. Continental wants to build a braking system controlled via unique software as they believe these will make the vehicle stop faster, environmentally friendly, easier to assemble, lighter but powerful, and reduce the braking component’s friction. This mechanism eliminated any complexity in building a powerful braking system. This system also can make the brake lighters more than the traditional hydraulic-powered braking and generate more power.

The vision of Brembo and Continental had made it clear that more brake manufacturers would follow suit if both braking juggernaut visions had been a reality. Like all the car innovations that have been debuted, it will have some shortcomings, but incessant work will lead to a better electrical braking system. Once it has been established to be far superior to the traditional hydraulic system, it will be the mandatory braking system in all vehicles. The hydraulic braking system will be banished to the history books joining other obsolete car items.

The electric braking system also will eliminate the need for braking fluid replacement for the car in the future. Certainly, some revolution has been ongoing in the automotive industry since Tesla succeeded with their electric car. Once, the electric engine car had been absurd and comical, yet with Tesla’s success and the benefits of the electric car to the environment, many countries have made a regulation for the electric car mandatory in the future. The electric braking power had been deemed to provide a better decelerating power than the hydraulic system; hence it may be implemented and fixed in a car soon.  

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