Sunday, December 16, 2007

Brake-by-wire electro car

Michelin demoed a brake-by-wire electric car at Shanghai Challange Bibendum. Developed at the swiss Givisiez engineering site the Michelin Concept has some remarkable features.

The Michelin Concept takes this one step further and uses a brake-by-wire system in conjunction with the motor for both stopping and going. It has no conventional brakes, but can come to a halt from 100km/h in less than three seconds. To put things in perspective, most supercars like the Lamborghini Gallardo take at least six seconds to do the same!

What further sets apart the car demoed is that always keeps the fuselage upright by actively managing position etc however you can set it to work like a tilting train (think the italien Pendolino or the swiss ICN) so in a curve it would tilt up to 10 degrees to improve comfort for the passengers. All propulsion and braking is done in wheel with the electric drive which automatically enabled advanced features like anti -lock braking etc since it all boils down to controlling traction of the four individual wheels. It is not entirely new a concept since a smaller startup did a remodeled smart roadster demo a few years ago (would have loved to own *that* car) but now it is so much closer to market.

For me it should also be able to drive from start to finish unassisted but yeah.

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