I resently had a discussion with a friend regarding the Prius Hybrid braking system. I expressed a mistrust in having a computer between the master cylinder and the caliper(s). I can see the rational for such a system on a hybrid. He said that there are nonhybrid vehicle models that use the same concept i.e. the driver steps on the brake pedal; the Brake Pedal Position sensor inputs to the brake controller; and the brake/ABS power module applies pressure to the calipers as appropriate.
I can see the applicablity of having a computer module constantly handling the Antilock Brake System; the Vehicle Stability Control; the collision avoidance; the vehicle separation; service braking; etc. As a result, the driver’s brake pedal would be another input to the Vehcile Control Module. If this is the case can you give me a specific manufacturer and model to which to direct my research.