Author: Ben Nussbaum

Ben Nussbaum, Chief Content Officer of The Brake Report, has more than 20 years experience in publishing. He was the founding editor for USA Today's line of special interest magazines and the founding editor for i5 Publishing's newsstand one-off magazine program. He lives outside Washington, D.C. Email him at [email protected]

NTSB recommendations

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released 11 recommendations to reduce fatal accidents that involve pedestrians. In 2016, there were a total of 5,987 pedestrian deaths, the most since 1990. The NTSB recommendations include: Develop performance test criteria for vehicle designs that reduce injuries to pedestrians. Incorporate pedestrian safety systems,…

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Lightweighting and Brakes

An engineer by training, Andrew Halonen of Mayflower Consulting, LLC, has spent two decades helping make vehicles lighter and connecting people in the lightweighting world. The Brake Report spoke with Andrew as he prepared for Lightweighting World Expo, taking place in Novi, Michigan Oct. 9 and 10. He’ll be presenting on suspension and…

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Brake Mandate PHMSA

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) reversed an Obama-era mandate today. The mandate had required trains that carried flammable material to upgrade to electronically controlled brakes. The PHMSA stated that the benefit does not match the cost of the upgrades. The railroad industry put the cost of the…

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Mitsubishi Russia recall

About 68,000 Mitsubishi vehicles are being recalled because of software bugs that impact braking. Part one of the recall impacts more than 58,000 SUVs. Impacted are the 2017-2018 Outlander Sport, the 2018 Outlander, and the 2018 Eclipse Crossover, depending on their optional equipment and which plant in Japan they were…

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Royal Enfield

The Royal Enfield Classic 350 standard version has been updated with a rear disc brake, priced at ₹ 1.47 lakh (ex-showroom). The updated version comes weeks after the Classic 350 ABS was introduced as part of the new Signals Edition. The company at the time did say that it is in the…

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DFC Geospec

California brake maker Dynamic Friction is introducing its newest rotor program. DFC Geospec rotors complement the company’s existing carbon alloy and premium rotor lines. The full press release is below. Dynamic Friction Company is proud to introduce the Geospec ® “fully” coated rotor program. The Geospec program is the only…

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Pagid Luxury City Breaks

UK and European brake maker Pagid announced a new promotion today. Pagid is giving away “luxury city breaks” to garages that use Pagid parts. For every £500 garages spend on Pagid products before the end of October, they get one entry into the prize drawing. There will be four winners.…

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Wilwood BMW E46

Wilwood’s championship-proven road racing brake system is now available for the 2000-2006 BMW E46 M3 platform. This system is engineered application-specific for production-based chassis using the factory hydraulics and all-dynamic electronic controls. Competition Aerolite 6R/ST front calipers are paired in tandem with Superlite 4R/ST calipers in the rear. Two-piece, dynamic…

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Rail Caliper CO2

Knorr-Bremse continues to trumpet its success creating greener products. Today, the company announced that its new rail products also have a lower CO2 footprint. Its rail vehicle Light Weight Caliper achieves a 24% reduction in CO2 footprint compared to the previous generation. This is mainly achieved by engineering the caliper…

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CO2 LCA

Manufacturer Knorr-Bremse announced today that its new generation of commercial disc brakes, SYNACT and NEXTT, create about a 10% drop on CO2 emissions compared to its previous generation of brakes. Knorr-Bremse performed a life cycle assessment (LCA) to determine this figure. The company also announced that its Active Caliper Release-System…

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WABCO

WABCO is looking to turbocharge its autonomous driving platform. Yesterday, WABCO touted its partnerships with Chinese firms TUS Cloud Control, TrunkTech, and TuSimple. Today, WABCO announced two new partnerships. Valeo will work with WABCO on its next generation of sensor technologies. These include 77GHz radar and solid-state LiDAR. These sensors…

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Meritor has taken an investment stake in SEA Electric for electric commercial-vehicles

Meritor, Inc. today announced that optional hydraulic actuation is available on all ELSA® disc brakes for applications requiring hydraulic disc brake variants. Built with a modular design, the mechanical, pneumatically operated brake housing of the current range is replaced by a hydraulic single or twin piston variant. The bridge, carrier and slide…

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German brake maker Knorr-Bremse has been in business since 1905, but shares are going public for the first time. Last year, Knorr-Bremse had $7.2 billion in revenue. It controls a large share of the market in pneumatic commercial and train brakes. With almost 30,000 employees divided between 30 facilities, the…

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