ZF Friedrichshafen AG along with Brakes India, a joint venture between ZF-TRW (then Lucas Industries Plc UK) and the TVS group announced a made in India as well as India-specific Electric Park Brake technology. The group states that it is for the first time such tech has been launched in the country. The JV has tied up with a global OEM to develop this Electric Park Brake system. However, the name of the global OEM has not been disclosed yet.
In addition to its regular function of braking, EPB has been integrated with the overall brake system of a vehicle and features dynamic actuation, brake pad wear sensing and reduced degradation associated with mechanical systems, states the company. Further, EPB offers all-wheel anti-lock functionality which compared to the standard brake that only engages the rear axle is a more safer option. EPB is offered in standard, integrated and front-axle only configurations. The integrated EPB negates the need of a different ECU since it is integrated with the electronic stability control system whereas the front-axle only is suitable for smaller vehicles.
"We were the first to market globally with our EPB system in 2001 which pioneered in Lancia, Audi, VW and more recently on the BMW X4 and BMW i8, Jeep Renagade, Fiat 500X, Ford 150, Honda Accord, Nissan Qashqai, Range Rover Evoque and more. We have now produced more than 90 million units and are the world leaders in this technology", commented Manfred Meyer, global vice-president, braking engineering, ZF.