active suspension


Definition of active suspension

: a computerized system in automobiles that actively adjusts the suspension in response to driving conditions

Examples of active suspension in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The car rides on huge tires specially developed by Goodyear—275/40ZR17 front, 315/35ZR-17 rear—which give the car plenty of stick, with or without active suspension. Tony Swan, Popular Mechanics, "A Closer Look at Chevy's Mid-Engine Corvette...From 1988?," 19 July 2019 An active suspension that adapts according to road information from the navigation system and forward-facing cameras also promises to keep the ride very luxurious. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Genesis Finally Has an SUV, the GV80," 15 Jan. 2020 The active suspension period is retroactive to Aug. 31, 2016, the date on which Vecchione agreed to the temporary suspension of his license. William Westhoven, USA TODAY, "NJ dentist suspended after deadly bacterial outbreak leaves one dead, 12 needing surgery," 5 Feb. 2020 As for ride and comfort, the active suspension and the ability to control separately the power applied to each wheel permit better grip and increased stability during braking and cornering. The Economist, "A new type of engine for electric cars," 11 July 2019 The Quadrifoglio has active suspension with a four-channel chassis dampening system to quickly adapt to changing driving conditions. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "1,160 miles in 11 days: A grand tour with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio," 15 Aug. 2018 Among the tricks Shelby didn’t have back in the mid-60s were 2020’s active exhaust system that lets the driver revel in that V8 soundtrack and the five drive modes that optimize the Tremec transmission and active suspension. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Red-carpet rockets: Is 500 hp now theadmission price to supercar club?," 30 Aug. 2019 More than a decade later, where's our active suspension? Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "3 Technologies That Are Making Car Suspensions Smarter Than Ever," 31 Jan. 2017 The 48-volt hydropneumatic active suspension system is the only one of its kind, on any vehicle. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Car Shows Used to Be Amazing—And They Might Be Again," 5 Dec. 2018

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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