On May 20, Hitachi Automotive Systems announced that the Mazda CX-9 will use its electric parking brake.
Until now, the trend has been for brakes to be activated by a lever or pedal through a wire cable. However, in recent years the number of braking-related car accidents has been on the rise due to driver error and driving conditions which made activation difficult. Brakes that can be activated automatically are now getting a great deal of attention.
Using its technology and electronics know-how from many years in the brake development business, it has developed electric parking brakes that are activated automatically by a compact motor and automatically shut off when the vehicle starts. The braking system the new Mazda CX-9 will use offers compact size, light weight, good sound performance and high efficiency through its automatic propulsion mechanism.
The braking system that will be used for the CX-9 underwent improvements in January 2015 and will now also be used for the CX-5, making it the first crossover SUV to use an electric parking brake.
(Translated by Greg Scott)