Is it really a good idea to integrate artificial intelligence into a braking system? Here’s why Brembo’s new Sensify system could be so much more than a gimmick.
It is an innovation that could, at first glance, make you smile. Brembo has just presented “Sensify”, a new braking system using artificial intelligence. AI is seen everywhere these days, and not always in relevant applications. But in this specific case, while one might be tempted to think that current brakes work just fine with a human pressing a pedal, an electronic system could well become. fundamental for the future of the automobile. Explanations.
Sensify is a brand new system unveiled by Brembo. It is of type ” brake-by-wire“, Ie there is no hydraulic link between the pedal and the pads. Instead, a sensor detects the pressure applied by the operator and then transmits it to the hydraulic system.
One more superfluous complication in modern cars? Not really. Indeed, involving a sensor and computers in the braking system makes it possible to integrate a number of modern technologies, such as automatic emergency braking or braking regeneration, for electric and hybrid models.
A perfect system for electric cars
It is on these aspects that Brembo wants to position itself with its new intelligent system. With the application of artificial intelligence, Sensify can adapt the way the car brakes to the driver’s driving style, for example. The system can also manage the application of the brakes to optimize regeneration and save pads and discs. Finally, the Brembo software, which recovers and analyzes the pressure on the brake pedal and then distributes a signal to all four wheels, can independently brake each of the discs. Ideal for those electric sports cars which can play on independent motors at each wheel, for example. It is no coincidence that the car chosen for Brembo’s communication is a Tesla Model S.
In short, do not be surprised if, in the future, your brake pedal get smart. And if, suddenly, your mechanic must update your brake system regularly… But then you could do without changing the brake fluid: the Sensify system can integrate “electromechanical” brakes. That is to say without hydraulic assistance.
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