The Electric Parking Brake is a new drum brake system, developed by automotive supplier Continental, that aims to bring the utility and safety of electric parking brakes to the economy car market.
The Electric Parking Brake is said to provide numerous advantages for smaller cars. Since it gets rid of the need for a parking brake lever in favor of a simple parking button, it will allow car designers more freedom in configuring the car's interior and control layouts. Moreover, these brakes can work in conjunction with driver assist systems that could activate, deactivate and configure the brakes depending on the situation. For example, the brakes could be released automatically when the accelerator is applied.
The brake system itself is made up of a pair of actuators controlled by software and electronics in the Electronic Stability Control system found in many light compact cars.