Intelligent Braking Detroit: Conference Explores Issues Around EV and AV Future


SOUTHFIELD, Michigan–The Intelligent Braking Conference held here this week brought together brake engineers to share ideas about technology trends and some of the issues being debated and discussed in OE and “brake rooms” all over the world.

A panel titled “Advanced Braking Solutions For Automated Collision Avoidance –Targets of system and safety performance,” featured Eric Krueger from General Motors; Dan Gabor from Ford, David Peck from Mahindra Automotive North America and Geoff Bauer. The discussion, moderated by Dr. Hans-Jorg Feigel from Mando Corporation, delved a lot into the various redundant systems that are being discussed for collision avoidance and self-driving cars.

These panelists had a lot of questions from the room as Ford and GM are driving hard into self-driving tech, and Peck is an acknowledged expert in all phases of brake systems. Mr. Bauer had an excellent perspective as a supplier engineer.

A panel discussion about “Brake System Architectures For Highly Automated Driving,” discussed whether brake systems should be EMB or full electric brakes? as well as integration of brakes with ADAS systems. This lively discussion was led by David Peck.

The two-day conference, produced by sponsored by Automotive IQ, and sponsored by NYLACAST, Swoboda, Mahle, Trans-matic, and Swildens, also had a lot of network opportunities, and we could see a lot of relationship building and dealing between attendees.

The agenda also included talks on “Braking Electrification and Drive-Feelin new Technologies,” Smart Sensing for vehicle Health Management,” [with Jacob Supron, Applications Engineer, Sensata Technologies.]Application of Polymer/Steel Composites in The New Generation of Electric Brake Boosters,” and more.

The conference also has sessions and talks for steering engineers.

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David Kiley is Chief of Content for The BRAKE Report. Kiley is an award-winning business journalist and author, having covered the auto industry for USA Today, Businessweek, AOL/Huffington Post, as well as written articles for Automobile and Popular Mechanics.