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This Vacuum Brake System might be the next big thing in braking technology

By Faiming_low on 21 Jun 2015 in New technology, Safety

Attached Image Most drivers on the road are just not good drivers, me included. Thankfully with the help of the safety-obsessed Swedish over at Autoliv, they might be way get around bad drivers.
 
Introducing the 'Torricelli brake', named after the guy who invented the barometer, 17th century Italian physicist Evangelista Torricelli, it’s basically a giant vacuum attached to a metal plate on the underside of the car. Rigged up to the automatic braking system (a.k.a Volvo's city safety systems and the likes) that you can find in a lot of cars on sale today, the Torricelli brake basically sucks the car harder onto the road to provide a little extra stopping power.
 
Over 1.360kg of force, specifically. 
 
According to Autoliv, they say that it can decrease braking distances up to 40 percent at speeds up to around 64km/h on wet, dry, and icy surfaces. 
 
However, there are some issues that they are sorting out now. The few obvious ones include, how long does it last, would it perform just as well on gravel and is it re-usable? Of course, the cost of such an installation is going to be an issue too.
 


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Eyke Jun 21 2015 01:32 PM

nice, bery interesting...wonder if it'll make into production cars...

Ake109 Jun 21 2015 05:49 PM

Does it affect the road? e.g. some damge?

 

Actually not too impressed. This is just like Fred Flintstone using his legs to stop car.

Octopus Jun 22 2015 07:53 AM

I guess road will be alot cleaner if we have more of such vacuum brake vehicles on the road.

Faiming_low Jun 23 2015 10:59 AM

Does it affect the road? e.g. some damge?

 

Actually not too impressed. This is just like Fred Flintstone using his legs to stop car.

 

It might but I think its a good first step towards shortening braking distance!

Faiming_low Jun 23 2015 10:59 AM

I guess road will be alot cleaner if we have more of such vacuum brake vehicles on the road.

 

LOL!

Ake109 Jun 23 2015 12:10 PM

What happens during LTA inspection when the guy in car zham the brakes while the guy inside the pit is inspecting undercarriage?

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