Brembo is apparently developing a new braking system that can be applied to EVs. Supposedly it could be used in a production car by 2024.
The advantage of Sensify is the ability to independently manage the brake force at each wheel based on the traction at that wheel and the momentum of the vehicle. Brembo showed data slides showing recorded computer readouts to further display Sensify’s capability. While images of the slides are confidential, they show how each brake actuator is working in concert to deliver smooth braking performance. Even though this system doesn’t use hydraulic fluid to deliver pressure to the friction material, there is still a small master cylinder of fluid and physical brake lines to the front calipers. It acts as a failsafe in the event of any computer failures. This redundancy is developed to meet the needs of Level 5 autonomous driving, which is the highest level of driverless cars.
At the proving grounds is a static display setup of the dry system. A brake computer is at each axle and electronic actuators are at each wheel to control the calipers and rotors. The brake pedal mechanism looks more like something for a video game or racing simulator. The use of this “virtual” brake pedal allows Brembo to create a customized brake pedal feel based on driver preferences, vehicle drive modes, and even safety/road conditions.
Overall, Brembo says that the development of Sensify is to create a pioneering braking system. One that will deliver next-generation braking performance while maximizing driving pleasure and precision. While representatives won’t give specifics, they do say Brembo is currently working with “numerous OEMs,”. Sensify is expected to be used on a production vehicle by the end of 2024.