11 Apr 2024

Innovations and awards: Brake pads from Bosch

Bosch inventions from servo brakes to the copper-free brake pad

Brake innovations from Bosch

1927 – Servo brake

1928 – Brake support

1936 – Patent for anti-lock braking system

1978 – Anti-lock braking system (ABS)

1980s – Invention of high-carbon casting for brake discs

1986 – Traction control system (TCS)

1994 – ABS for motorcycles

1995 – Electronic stability program (ESP®)

1996 – Mechanical brake assistant in the brake booster

2009 – 200 million Bosch ABS systems

2010 – Predictive emergency braking system

2010 – IPS brake caliper

2013 – Regenerative brake system (ESP®hev)

2013 – Electromechanical brake booster (iBooster)

2013 – Motorcycle stability control (MSC)

2014 – 100 million ESP® systems from Bosch

2014 – Copper-free brake pads in the USA

2016 – Launch of brake fluid ENV6

2023 – 45 years ABS


Since brakes have existed in automobiles, there has been the need to make them safer and more powerful. Bosch has been committed to technical advances since the very beginning in order to offer motorists great braking safety and comfort. Numerous inventions from Bosch have established the technical standard found in brake systems today.

Brake innovations make history.
As early as 1927, Bosch developed the braking assistance called servo brakes. In 1936, the patent application for the anti-lock braking system was filed. Starting in 1978, the ABS anti-lock braking system was installed in production vehicles and today still remains the most important invention for safe braking. Thanks to ever more powerful electronics in modern vehicles, the electronic stability program (ESP®) was launched in 1995. Today, it is specified by law in many countries and by the year 2014 100 million systems were manufactured.

Copper-free Bosch brake pads
National traffic laws differ greatly from country to country. Allowed maximum speeds and national environmental protection laws vary significantly. In 2010 the states of Washington and California passed basic laws targeted at reducing copper and other materials in brake pads. In response, Bosch engineers developed a copper-free brake pad mixture and filed an application for a patent in 2014. New developments are launched worldwide letting all regions benefit from the latest state of the art. In this way, many brake pads that are developed by Bosch specifically for regional market requirements, exceed the legal requirements significantly. Surveys and tests also show that in the mind of motorists Bosch