emergency brake


Definition of emergency brake

: a brake (as on an automobile) that can be used for stopping in the event of failure of the main brakes and to keep the vehicle from rolling when parked

Examples of emergency brake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Federal investigators later found that Uber had disabled the car's emergency braking system and programmed its algorithms to look for pedestrians only at crosswalks. Tom Simonite, Wired, "As Machines Get Smarter, How Will We Relate to Them?," 19 May 2020 The driver, who was seriously injured, managed to slam on the emergency brakes and bring the train to a halt. USA TODAY, "High-speed train derails in eastern France on a trip to Paris, injuring 21," 6 Mar. 2020 The driver, who was seriously injured, managed to slam on the emergency brakes and bring the train to a halt. Washington Post, "World Digest: March 5, 2020," 5 Mar. 2020 The driver, who was seriously injured, managed to slam on the emergency brakes and bring the train to a halt. BostonGlobe.com, "High-speed train derails in eastern France; 21 injured," 5 Mar. 2020 The issue is a glitch in programming of the vehicles' automated emergency braking system, which could lead to a crash since the system may not brake as expected when encountering an obstacle. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "Volvo Recalling All 2019, 2020 Models for Automated-Brake Problem," 21 Mar. 2020 The relative stability in stocks in the past 24 hours helps those who don't want to pull the emergency brake. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "History shows why the markets will keep trading," 20 Mar. 2020 Standard features now include automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beam headlamps, and a following-distance indicator with forward collision alert. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Chevy Traverse Gets Slightly Handsomer for 2021," 13 Mar. 2020 For the first time, IIHS is requiring automakers to offer pedestrian-detecting automatic emergency braking systems to receive the group's 2020 Top Safety Pick+ or Top Safety Pick honors. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "These 23 cars, SUVs are the safest new vehicles of 2020, according to IIHS," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of emergency brake

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Emergency brake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emergency%20brake. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of emergency brake

chiefly US : a special brake (such as a parking brake in an automobile) that can be used for stopping when the main brakes fail

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