FRANKFURT -- Electronics and engine component supplier Siemens VDO Automotive is adding brakes to its product portfolio.
Until now, the German company has supplied only electronic control modules for brake systems.
But Siemens has developed an electric braking system, using technology from the aerospace industry, that can be used with a 12-volt vehicle electrical system. Most brake-by-wire technologies require a 42-volt system to operate with enough force.
Siemens announced the system last week at the Frankfurt auto show.
The system, which the supplier calls the electronic wedge brake, eliminates the need for hydraulic lines, brake boosters and antilock control units. That removes weight from the vehicle and simplifies assembly.
Siemens did not say what the system costs.
The supplier says it has a commitment, but not a contract, from an automaker for the technology. It expects production to begin within five years.