ZF launches industry first front electric park brake
ZF launched what it says is an industry first front electric park brake, extending the range of electric park brake (EPB) systems to a wider range of vehicles. With this solution, the company says car manufacturers can now equip smaller vehicles with an advanced braking system and design their interior without the classic handbrake lever or park brake pedal. For example, the manual brake lever can be replaced by a compact switch, creating more space in the interior and greater freedom for interior design. Start of series production is currently taking place in Korea and China.
“ZF’s Front EPB technology is a real industry innovation. Even manufacturers of small and very small cars can now use the EPB with all its advantages,” said Manfred Meyer, Senior Vice President, Engineering for ZF’s Active Safety Division. “Car drivers benefit from enhanced safety and comfort.”
In addition to the classic park brake function, the EPB also facilitates hill starts, for example, with the auto-hold function. In city traffic or traffic jams, the braking system aims to increase driving comfort thanks to the stop-and-go function. In addition, the higher static load distribution on the front axle supports enhanced safety for parking the vehicle on slippery slopes.
The front axle EPB eliminates the components needed for manual park brake operation within rear drum- and disc brakes and reportedly requires only small modifications to the front axle calipers while integrating the necessary electronic components and software into an existing ESC control unit. This can further reduce vehicle system weight of the rear manual park brake system.
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