With the advancement of safety awareness, the automobile brake tester is widely applied to automobile brake performance testing. The brake tester is composed of four major subsystems: one or more energy supply devices, electric motors, transmission assemblies and a control device. This paper reviews various patents of the automobile brake tester which employs the different devices and structures to obtain new functions in recent years. Compared with the new structures, the traditional brake tester is not versatile, compact and modular. Moreover, it is hard to fix the vehicle on the brake tester. Thus, several kinds of new structures of brake testers have been designed to solve these problems, including the limited function and the complex structure. The new types of brake testers are more compact, simple and versatile. The vehicle can be easily fixed on the brake tester as well. Furthermore, the cost of the brake tester will be reduced by importing the new structures and devices.
Keywords: Automobile, brake performance testing, brake tester, new functions, new structures, safety awareness.