ZF has launched the first front Electric Park Brake (EPB) technology. Claimed to be ideal for smaller vehicles, it offers enhanced safety and comfort extending the company’s range of Electric Park Brake (EPB) systems to a wider range of vehicles. Eliminating the need to feature the classic handbrake lever or park brake pedal, it will help replace the manual lever by a compact switch, thus creating more space in the interior and offer greater flexibility for interior design. The start of series production is currently taking place in Korea and China. Said Manfred Meyer, Senior Vice President, Engineering for ZF’s Active Safe Division, “ZF’s Front EPB technology is a real industry innovation. Even manufacturers of small and very small cars can now use the EPB with all its advantages. In addition to the classic park brake function, the EPB also facilitates hill starts, for instance, with the Auto-Hold function. In city traffic or traffic jams, the braking system can significantly increase driving comfort thanks to the stop-and-go function. In addition, the higher static load distribution on the front axle supports enhanced safety for parking the vehicle on slippery slopes. ZF pioneered Electric Park Brake technology on the rear axle in 2001 and has supplied well over 75 million vehicles with EPB for world roadways.

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