ZF TRW says through its joint venture, Brakes India, it has won the first business award for its Electric Park Brake (EPB) system in the country.

Launching with an unnamed global vehicle manufacturer the technology will start production in 2017 – marking the first launch of its kind for the Indian market.

In addition to providing park brake functionality, EPB is an integral part of the brake system with features such as dynamic actuation and brake pad wear sensing and reduces the degradation associated with mechanical systems.

ZF TRW adds the EPB also helps enhance safety in emergency situations with full four-wheel anti-lock functionality versus standard park brake, which provides emergency braking only on the rear axle.

“ZF TRW was first to market globally with its EPB system in 2001, which pioneered with Lancia, Audi and VW and more recently on the BMW X4 and BMW i8, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Ford F150, Honda Accord, Nissan Qashqai, Range Rover Evoque and more,” said ZF TRW global VP, Braking Engineering, Manfred Mayer.

“We have now produced more than 65m units as the world leader in this technology.

“With our experience and global footprint, we are positioned to bring the performance and safety benefits of EPB to all vehicles and in all regions.”

ZF TRW offers a range of EPB solutions including standard EPB, integrated EPB which removes the requirement for a separate Electronic Control Unit (ECU) due to its integration with the Electronic Stability Control system and EPB for front axles, which can help to make the technology more suitable for smaller vehicle segments.

“Brakes India – with its strong joint venture partnership with ZF TRW -has been offering a range of technologies including ABS to the growing Indian market for several years,” said Brakes India executive director, Business Development, Badri Vijayaraghavan.

“India will continue to be dominated by small cars with rear drum brakes. The offering of a front EPB opens up opportunity regarding EPB installation due to its packaging and performance benefits.”