BLOG: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BRAKE ASSISTANCE - ELECTRONIC BRAKE-FORCE DISTRIBUTION (EBD)
Sometimes pressing the brake pedal isn’t sufficient enough to prevent a car from being involved in an accident …
EBD IS AMONG THE MANY THREE-LETTER ACRONYMS USED IN CAR TERMINOLOGY TODAY, BUT IT’S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT.
EBD is a common term that stands for Electronic Brake-Force Distribution. EBD is an active safety technology innovation that helps to prevent accidents through the combination of electronic and hydraulic equipment.
You’re probably wondering how these two systems work in unison to prevent accidents? Well, sometimes in an emergency situation, a driver will press the brake pedal as hard as they can, yet the force isn’t sufficient enough. The brake assist can measure the speed and pressure in which the driver presses the break. If the computer determines that the pressure isn’t enough, it will apply additional force to the breaks.
EBD allows the driver to maintain control whilst also shortening the distance in which the car comes to a stop. If the vehicle can feel there is a larger load in the car (e.g. a car full of passengers) it will distribute the braking power between the front and rear wheels to increase the effectiveness of brakes.
EBD is a part of a larger suite of brake and stability systems featured in many cars manufactured today. EBD is a sub-system of two other three-letter acronyms named ABS and ESC.
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) prevent car wheels from locking when challenging a slippery surface, whereas Electronic Stability Control (ESC) uses a yaw sensor to analyse vehicle vertical axis rotation and steering input.
ESC systems can determine when there is too much or too little yaw rate to steering input. By calculating this in its complex algorithm ESC can indicate oversteering or understeering, thus applying the EBD system. The EBD system will then bring the car back in line and avoid the car from getting into an accident.
Most vehicles offer EBD, ABS and ESC technology in its suite of active safety systems. If you’re interested in learning more about these systems on a model featured in our showrooms, contact the team at Tony White Group today! With over 25 dealerships located across Australia’s Eastern States, find your closest dealer here.
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