In the summer of 1978, Mercedes-Benz presented the second-generation anti-locking braking system (ABS) to enable drivers to hold steering control, even when emergency breaking.
The system was first offered in August 1978 in S-Class and it became standard equipment in 1984.
Mercedes-Benz continued to develop the technology and in 1987 the ABS system was installed on coaches and then in 1991 on trucks.
But 30 years on, Mercedes-Benz is still leading the way in the development of innovative technological systems.
The development of ABS is now focused on making the complete control system even smaller, more effective and more robust.
Today, the system forms the basis of the pulse generator for the acceleration skid control (ASR) system as well as the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and the Brake Assist.
Nearly all passenger cars in the world take ABS for granted and according to Heinz Leiber, former head of ABS development at Daimler-Benz, Mercedes-Benz is "a pioneer" in the development of modern ABS systems.
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