Fully Active Braking Systems Address Advances in Autonomous Vehicle Technology
In line with a commitment to be at the forefront of emerging technology, Alcon Components has been developing fully active braking systems to meet advances in autonomous vehicle technology. They have engaged with top-flight motorsport and aeronautical suppliers, as well as specialist contractors, to enter the market with the AAC01 Brake-by-Wire (BBW) system, offering cutting-edge technology and performance.
Alcon’s AAC01 is a lightweight, off-the-shelf, high-performance BBW system that features a failsafe design for passive braking in the event of system failure; dual-channel pedal & caliper pressure measurement; and a pedal compliance chamber port for customer pedal-feel tuning. In addition to the AAC01, Alcon has a number of advanced developments in hand and welcomes any opportunity to work on bespoke projects from high-end motorsports to challenging military developments.
Multiple defence authorities, including the US Army, are working on autonomous vehicle technology, with research projects looking into BBW solutions for both standard and emergency braking systems. Current US research is looking at the development of a safety-critical, urgent stop system that can be incorporated into current and future ‘drive-by-wire’ technology across multiople Army platforms. In line with this, Alcon’s existing BBW system has the inherent functionality to be up-scaled from high-performance motorsport to heavy armoured platforms, as well as being robust in both its operation and function. Alcon’s extensive experience of working in the international defence sector attests to its ability to develop bespoke components to meet harsh and demanding battlefield environments, seeking to resolve critical military EMC and environmental requirements and standards.
“We are already well-established in the global defence market, with our conventional hydraulic braking systems having been fitted to a wide range of military and security platforms. To now offer our forward reaching brake-by-wire technology to the emerging autonomous vehicle technology sector in defence is something we’re very excited about,” commented Group Sales Director Jonathan Edwards. “Our engineering pedigree in these technology areas allows us to deliver the very best, cutting-edge products and services to help develop future military capability; ultimately, protecting the soldier and saving lives.”