Anti-lock braking systems are an engineering solution to a major driving problem. Electronic four-wheel anti-lock braking systems automatically modulate the braking effect when the pedal is pushed hard. Without wheel lockup, tires can take full advantage of whatever traction is available from the road surface. As a result, the car can be steered even during a panic stop; there is no tendency to spin; and stopping distances are reduced. This article reports on interviews with the brake-system experts of leading car manufacturers concerning which of the three anti-lock systems they are using, and how their systems work. Test drives of 1985 models with four-wheel anti-lock braking systems, which have been introduced by Ford and Mercedes-Benz, are reported.

  • Availability:
  • Corporate Authors:

    Times Mirror Magazines, Incorporated

    380 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Authors:
    • Keebler, J
  • Publication Date: 1984-11

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 79-82
  • Serial:
    • Popular Science
    • Volume: 225
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Times Mirror Magazines, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0161-7370

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00395349
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 935
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1985 12:00AM