ATE meeting present & future braking needs 

June 30, 2022
ATE meeting present & future braking needs 
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ATE is the well-known premium brand of technology company Continental that offers brake technology and products in original equipment quality. These are German developed and precision engineered to meet the highest international standard, deliver outstanding performance. 


The range includes discs, drum, ceramic and original pads, brake spare parts, hydraulic parts and more. These ATE parts are gaining favour with many workshops in Ireland meeting their needs today as well as having one eye on future developments. 

As vehicle architecture develops, brake systems are becoming increasingly intelligent so they can meet the future needs and requirements of automated driving and electrification. Continental, actively shapes the future of tomorrows brake systems working closely with car makers. 

Brakes increasingly have to form part of electronic safety systems, such as the anti-lock brake system and now must also contribute to vehicle efficiency by helping to prevent CO2 emissions or even particulate emissions during friction braking. With more and more functions added, the vehicle architecture has become a complex network of dozens of dedicated Electronic Control Units. To realize modern architecture, single functions such as the anti-lock brake system need to be integrated in a more centralized structure, in which there is one high performance computer responsible per domain (e.g. infotainment, Driving Assistance). This architectural revolution of motion control has already begun with one recent example being that Continental has supplied the VW ID.3 with the world’s first mass-produced high-performance server for cars.

In the future drum brakes will play an increasing role in braking due to the effects of regenerative braking which means less use of the traditional brake system. This can lead to corrosion something that drum brake can avoid. In addition the drum brakes design secures the dust inside which can easily be removed, reducing the risk from particle emissions. 

Step by step hydraulic systems are being replaced and ATE and Continental have a major role in this. The MK C1 by Continental was the first step towards true brake-by-wire technology, operating the rear axle wheel brakes electromechanically. Continental continues to work with vehicle manufacturers to implement brake-by wire technology on future vehicles. 

By being at the forefront of this developing technology ATE can also ensure that it can meet the aftermarket requirements of today’s vehicles and better prepare workshops for the future.  

ATE braking products are available from stockist nationwide. For more information visit www.ate-brakes.com.
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