Advanced brake assist systems can avoid road accidents since the vehicles impact speed can be significantly reduced. To this end, different autonomous emergency braking systems are designed for recent vehicles on the market. This paper presents a pneumo-hydraulic Emergency Braking System (EBS) for autonomous racing vehicles. The purpose of the system is safely stopping the vehicle in case of any failures during autonomous driving. Failures can be detected both by the autonomous system itself and by human supervisors. The actuation system involves passive energy storage of compressed air to directly activate the hydraulic braking lines through pneumo-hydraulic pressure intensifiers. The coupling component between failures detection and actuation is a normally-open solenoid valve. The system is designed to respect deceleration and actuation time requirements, together with packaging constraints due to integration in an existing racing prototype. Specifically, the system requirements are specified by the racing competition rules: the overall reaction time of the retained EBS must be lower than 0.2 s, and the actuated mean deceleration must be greater than 8 m/s2 on a dry track surface while keeping stable driving conditions. The validation and tuning of the system is performed in a simulated environment. Therefore, an extensive experimental validation of the system is required in the real applications.

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