Braking news: Brembo Sensify solves ABS issues you usually ignore

Updated Oct 19, 2022 | Same topic: Leading-Edge Tech Trends

Goodbye to that pulsing sensation whenever you step on the brake pedal.


Anti-lock brake systems or ABS save lives, yet novice drivers (and many seasoned ones) tend to be bothered by the pulsating sensation common to such systems. Brembo may have the answer with its new product called Sensify.

Brembo Sensify disc and caliper

Brembo aims to give a more precise and less unsettling braking experience with its Sensify system

Conventional anti-lock brakes operate hydraulically, distributing brake pressure to all four wheels. When slip is detected at one or more tires, the central hydraulic controller uses a valve to relieve some of that pressure in cyclical increments until traction is restored. However, an undesirable result is the pulsation felt at both the pedal and the chassis, making drivers and occupants uncomfortable, especially under hard braking.     

As the latest innovation in stopping technology, Brembo Sensify replaces the hydraulic setup with electromechanical brakes comprising a sliding caliper and high-precision electric motor. This allows a more regulated application of pressure on the brake pads, allowing for a significant improvement in yaw control. 

Brembo Sensify components

The setup is intended for today's software-governed vehicles

On higher-performance applications, Sensify can still make use of a conventional hydraulic caliper working with the motor to pressurize a nearby master brake cylinder. 

Apart from no longer having to feel brake pulses, drivers also benefit from Sensify in other ways. Gentle stops following deceleration from highway speeds can be limited to the rear brakes, allowing the front discs to cool down. Rotors can be selectively dried off after driving through a flood. Brake response can be customized according to pedal pressure, travel, or application rate. 

Outfitted with Brembo Sensify, towed trailers will have better safety and stability under various braking conditions. As the system uses electric motors which can be reversed, the brakes will have better cooling apart from reduced wear, heat, and dust. Sensify can notify owners if the brake pads need replacing, apart from potentially receiving over-the-air (OTA) upgrades.  

Sensify wet braking

Tests in wet and dry braking showed no deviation in performance from conventional ABS systems

In addition, Brembo will equip Sensify with fail-safes for jurisdictions that require them. With its ability to accept redundant electric windings and controls, Sensify is eligible for use on future vehicles that have Level 5 autonomous driving capability

With the additional equipment replacing standard brake lines and hydraulic fluid, Brembo says that Sensify’s weight will not be an issue. And despite the cost of added parts, Sensify’s life cycle should equal that of existing systems, considering the dramatic improvements to pad longevity and very little fluid (if at all) to replace or bleed. Brembo has scheduled the production of its first Sensify application by 2024.     

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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