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

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Adaptive cruise control is available with the $1,300 Driver Assist package, which also comes with a better automatic emergency braking system (no doubt enabled by the cruise control radar). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2020 Cadillac XT6: Better than an Escalade in every way," 29 July 2019 Most of the tech components—including ones that reduce fuel consumption and control emergency braking systems—have already been deployed in piecemeal fashion. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Autonomous Trains Are Ready to Roll," 29 July 2019 Video of the Model 3’s exam shows its automatic emergency braking system preventing it from crashing into an inflatable car while moving 50 and 75 kilometers per hour (31 and 47 mph). Alex Davies, WIRED, "Tesla Model 3 Can Survive a Crash—and Avoid One Too," 3 July 2019 Federal investigators determined the fatal crash could have been avoided had the vehicle’s automatic emergency brakes been enabled. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Uber," 29 Dec. 2018 For example, Uber had disabled emergency braking on its vehicles to make its cars' driving behavior less erratic. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Report: Uber self-driving team was preparing for CEO demo before fatal crash," 20 Nov. 2018 Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Biggest Arizona monsoon threat early in the season? Dust storms," 6 July 2018 Some brands make automatic emergency braking standard — Tesla (99 percent), Mercedes-Benz (96 percent), Volvo (68 percent) and Toyota (56 percent). Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot," 28 June 2018 View 134 Photos In our testing, the A6 was one of the strongest performers in our 70-to-zero-mph emergency braking maneuver, but out on the road, the brakes told a different story. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Audi A6," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of emergency brake

1900, in the meaning defined above

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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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