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Connect Rides: How the anti-lock breaking system works

Carlos Muchave | 6 February 2017

Gone are the days of using a block of wood as a brake. Inventor William Lanchester patented the first disk brake back in 1902; since then the motor industry has taken progressive strides in to improving the way we halt.

In the 1950’s Chrysler became the first car manufacturer to adopt the brake system. As faster cars came into existence, it became an asset in the safety department of motoring to better a car’s stopping capability.


Although it’s been a great system to adopt, it did have a fundamental flaw. When a car would break it had a tendency of locking wheels, but that hasn’t since been the case thanks to a system developed by BOSCH called Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) developed in 1978 on the Mercedes-Benz W116. This new ABS rivaled other existing systems such as EBS and EBD

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The System was not something that reinvented the brake disk per say, as it generally kept to the same format; but adding better mechanisms like sensors and gear pulses helped to regulate braking speeds. The brains behind ABS is non-other than the ECU, using this greatly  helps execute tasks with precision.

In short; imagine applying and releasing the brake 20 times a second manually – tough right? The ABS does it for you and avoids skidding.

To simplify this, we have two info graphics on how the system works below.





(Article By: Costa Mokola)

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