Hella brings brake-by-wire pedal into large-scale production

Hella brings brake-by-wire pedal into large-scale production

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

The first large-volume series production is expected to start in 2025 in Hella’s European production network. The first customer is a German car manufacturer. Björn Twiehaus, who is responsible for the global electronics business in the Hella Management Board, associates the order with Hella’s many years of experience in the production of pedal sensors.

The brake-by-wire pedal simulates the feel and behaviour of a conventional braking system in which the pedal is mechanically connected to the brake system. As the brake commands are controlled electronically in Hella’s by-wire solution, functionalities of automated driving are supported. In addition, a customer-specific setting of the brake function is made possible, in which the braking force can be specifically adapted depending on the driving scenario. Furthermore, since only lightweight plastics are used for the brake-by-wire pedal, the component weight is reduced by up to 20 percent. This can contribute to increasing the range of electric cars and reducing the CO2 emissions of vehicles with combustion engines or hybrid drives while maintaining high performance and functional safety. In addition, installation costs and the number of variants are reduced.

With the new brake-by-wire technology, Hella is at the same time pushing ahead with the development of the “Cockpit of the Future” – one of the central trend topics which Hella and its sister company Faurecia are jointly addressing under the umbrella of the Forvia Group. “With our by-wire technology, many bulky hardware components are eliminated. For example, the brake rod has always been a neuralgic point of vehicle design,” says Björn Twiehaus. “With our brake-by-wire pedal, we are now resolving this aspect and thus creating completely new possibilities for making the vehicle interior more flexible. The fully electric brake pedal therefore not only makes an indispensable contribution to the Cockpit of the Future. Together with Faurecia’s display and interior solutions and our lighting and electronics expertise, we are strengthening our approach as a system provider in this future field.”

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