Italian brake maker Brembo announced in October its plan to launch Sensify Brake System, an AI braking system that promises complete driving pleasure and safety when it is rolled out through an unnamed factory in 2024.
Beyond anti-lock brakes and stability control, it replaces hydraulic controls with electronic ones for design flexibility and more precise control.
It is noteworthy that the integration of artificial intelligence in vehicles is not new, as algorithms control playlists, maps, driver assistance and even autonomous driving to various degrees. But AI-based braking systems spark curiosity about how they work.
Sensify uses a dedicated app to program itself based on the data and enhance the driving experience. The system is supposed to use predictive algorithms, sensors and data management tools that give it a digital brain capable of controlling each wheel independently.
Modern anti-lock braking systems, first introduced in the 1970s, are an aid to the wheels that lock when braking hard.
As a result, you have to have an understanding of what’s going on in each of your wheels and then ask the AI to apply brake force to different wheels.
Despite the digital footprint, the physical mechanics have a greater presence compared to the software in the Sensify system.
Soon, the mechanics and the software will be on a level playing field,” said Daniele Schillaci, CEO of Brembo. The software becomes dominant in braking systems by the end of the decade.
The intelligent brake system applies pressure to each wheel individually
The company plans to open a technology lab in Silicon Valley by the end of the year to further its digital strategies.
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The data collection is leveraged to improve the driver’s experience and allow the system to be constantly updated. But it is unclear how the system deals with questions such as the privacy and security of that collected data.
One of the advantages of Sensify is adaptive driving patterns, adapting to weather and road conditions, and shorter lock times.
The company says its system is cheaper over the life of the vehicle because it removes brake fluid by adding electromechanical control with lower maintenance costs, lower disc consumption and lower torque.
And in an electric or hybrid vehicle, better control of regenerative braking can help reduce battery size.
Brembo explained that the system has two electronic control units connected. But you send orders separately. This is to prevent problems when there is a hardware failure in the AI brain.
The system is scheduled to be launched in 2024. The company said it is designed to work across multiple types of vehicles. But it’s not clear how much customization needs to be done for it to work with each type.