Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)

You’re driving at a safe speed on a moderately busy highway. It has not been snowing for long, but already the pavement is dusted with snow and becoming slippery. Suddenly, another motorist signals to enter your lane and makes a sharp veering motion. You are forced to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting the encroaching vehicle. The weight of your car is thrust forward from the heavy braking, putting added pressure on the front wheels to stop the car. Meanwhile, the sudden shift in weight has significantly reduced the amount of traction available for the back wheels. After a few seconds, the back wheels lock completely. You feel the back end of your car start to fishtail into the lanes on either side of you. Finally, the back-and-forth motion of the rear of the car overcomes the braking power of the front wheels and you spin around, face-to-face with oncoming traffic. Situations like this are potentially very dangerous. Electronic brake-force distribution is a vehicle safety feature that can prevent this kind of event.(Read more…)

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