This article examines the latest developments in electronic braking systems (EBS) for heavy vehicles, and discusses their prospects. EBS brakes are quicker, better balanced, and less complicated than conventional air-triggered systems. EBS manufacturer Lucas claims that EBS can reduce the lag, between the driver's foot pressing the brake pedal and 75% brake power activation, from just below 0.6s to 0.15s. The EBS system is actually simpler than a conventional system, and no more expensive. If its electronics fail, air still powers the brakes. In fact, EBS opens up many options, which enable more accurate detection of vehicle running conditions and a finer degree of vehicle control. An EBS tractive unit can pick up a non-EBS trailer, and the same principle applies to drawbar combinations. Despite the many advantages of EBS systems, it may take some time for most hauliers to adopt them, though some manufacturers could decide to fit them as standard.

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    Reed Business Information, Limited

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  • Authors:
    • SOWMAN, C
  • Publication Date: 1995-6


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 34-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 182
    • Issue Number: 4622
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-3063

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  • Accession Number: 00711261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1995 12:00AM