EuroBrake has the potential to become an all-year-round international connected community – and FISITA is ideally placed to facilitate this
As EuroBrake 2021 draws to a close, it seems pertinent to reflect on the value of this global technical forum – and why EuroBrake is so much more than a single event: EuroBrake is a community.
EuroBrake is traditionally acknowledged as the world’s largest annual braking conference, and provides the opportunity for the braking community to come together for knowledge-sharing, networking, and more.
“Braking is about so much more than stopping,” said FISITA Chief Executive Chris Mason, at EuroBrake 2021. New technologies are shaping and changing brake technology – braking is evolving, and so too is EuroBrake, with the annual EuroBrake conference held online for the first time in 2021.
EuroBrake has the potential to become an all-year-round international connected community – and as its organiser and host, FISITA is ideally placed to help make this happen
In delivering a week-long event online, EuroBrake may not have provided the in-person experience of pre-Covid times, but it certainly demonstrated the benefits and efficiency of online engagement, and sowed the seeds of a community that can collaborate all around the world, all year long.
More and more, there is evidence that cooperation is the fastest and most efficient way to develop and deliver new mobility solutions. According to Chris Mason, FISITA is seeing growing interest from companies keen to invest in a pre-competitive arena as they seek the value of peer group collaboration in the advancement of new technologies and solutions.
Consider the impact of connected, automated, shared, and electrified (CASE) technologies on braking – and the role of braking in the delivery of CASE technologies; consider, also, the impact on braking of non-exhaust emissions (NEE) regulations. Although they may require local solutions, these are global challenges facing global companies, and because the early work required for any solution to these challenges is common to all stakeholders, it makes sense to collaborate in the pre-competitive space.
“The automotive industry takes its responsibilities very seriously,” said Mason, “and the brake emissions challenge is one issue where I have seen a massive focus, and considerable contribution and effort from FISITA membership and the EuroBrake community. Once again, our industry will meet and overcome the challenge in solution mode, and deliver its contribution to a cleaner and better world.”
EuroBrake 2021 demonstrated the benefits and efficiency of online engagement, and sowed the seeds of a community that can collaborate all around the world, all year long
As evidenced by the EuroBrake Leadership Discussion that opened the conference this year, EuroBrake enjoys close collaboration with AsiaBrake and the SAE Brake Colloquium – and that’s just one of the many ways that EuroBrake’s network extends to engineers all around the world. Foxconn CTO William Wei’s presentation on MIH, the open EV platform that already has over 1,600 members, underlined the evolution in the automaker-supplier relationship, and the need for brake industry stakeholders to widen their focus to the many other systems around the brake.
Having begun as an online conference, EuroBrake now has the potential to become an all-year-round international connected community – and as the organiser and host of EuroBrake, FISITA is ideally placed to help make this happen.