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Braking System Evolution

In 1902, the first braking system was tested in a vehicle. Naturally, it was tested to slow the momentum of a vehicle and also to prevent it from moving.  Today, it has been over one hundred years since the braking system and automobile first took our roadways. The automobile has also had many innovations in its braking system technology from the early dawn of the automobiles drum brake to the modern day disc brake. 

As there are many different forms of disc brakes, no individual person can be credited for the original braking system. However, these innovators all had something in common, they knew they would need a way to slow down and control these vehicles.  Thus, it is not so much who invented the brake, rather who brought what technology to the innovation of the braking system.

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Automotive Brake System Development

Just as many other technologies, braking system evolution has gone through numerous advances throughout the years.  Of course, safety and efficiency has always continued to be the top priority of all braking systems, and developments in new automotive technology. 

Over the years a number of braking system methods have been utilized. As the automotive brake system development furthered itself throughout the years, each braking system method would build itself upon the previous braking system method. Beginning with the wooden block brake, this would be the beginning of what we know as the modern day braking system. 

A brief evolution of the braking system includes:

  • The Wooden Block Brake

This early braking system would be the foundation of the modern day braking system as we know it.  The wooden block break was used on automobiles with steel rimmed wheels and the brakes consisted of no more than blocks of wood and a lever system.  This lever required the driver to pull the lever, similar to that of an emergency brakes, and the wooden block would grind against the steel wheel. These wooden block brakes were used prior to the 1890s on both horse drawn carriages and steam powered vehicles.

  • The Mechanical Drum Brake

The mechanical drum brake is considered to be the foundation of the braking system as we know it today.  This was developed in 1902 by French manufacturer Louis Renault; however the concept of the drum brake was discovered earlier around 1899 when Gottlieb Daimler thought that wrapping a cable around a drum and anchoring to the vehicles chassis could be used to slow the vehicle. 

  • The Expanding Internal Shoe Brake

Prior to the invention of the internal shoe brake, all braking systems were located on the exterior of the vehicle.  With the exterior braking systems dust, water and heat would prevent the vehicle from slowing properly. The internal expanding shoe brake would be placed inside the drum brake keeping the dust and water out allowing the vehicle to slow correctly.

  • The Hydraulic Brake System

In 1918, Malcolm Loughead created the idea of putting together a four-wheel hydraulic brake system to use in automobiles.  This brake system would use fluids to transfer the force produced by stepping on a pedal to the brake shoe. By the late 1920s nearly every vehicles braking system used hydraulic brakes.

  • The Disc Brake

Although the disc brake was patented in 1902 by William Lanchester, it did not become popular until the 1950s when the automotive industry began booming. As automobiles become heavier and faster, the hydraulic drum brakes were losing their efficiency to distribute heat, thus vehicles would begin implementing the disc brake along with the hydraulic brake. This system was introduced in the Chrysler Imperial.

  • The Anti-Lock Brake

Anti-lock brakes were created to assist braking systems so they would not lock up while braking. Anti-lock brakes are able to sense when a lock is about to occur, igniting the hydraulic valves to reduce the braking on that particular wheel. This system is useful to provide increased control in modern vehicles.

Contact An Experienced Tulsa Attorney Today

Lawyer Trevor FurlongAs we can see, the automotive industry has made many improvements since its introduction and the introduction of the wooden brake. These improvements have helped to decrease the number of accidents, and increase safety to everyone operating vehicles on the road today. 

Unfortunately, these continue to be situations where car crashes are unavoidable or caused by the negligent actions of another individual.  At The Edwards Law Firm, we jare dedicated to helping injury victims receive the justice they deserve in the court of law, and believe that negligent individuals need to be held accountable for their actions.

For more information about how our experienced attorneys can help you in your time of need, or to schedule a no-obligation consultation, contact us at 1-800-304-9246 and a member of our intake team will take the details of your accident and connect you with one of our experienced lawyers.



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