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|Honda Announces the Development of a New Braking System|
|Tokyo, September 19, 1997 --- Honda announced today the development of a new type of braking system with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD). This system will be made available for the first time on a domestic model in a coming new model slated for later this autumn.
Long an advocate of active safety, Honda was one of the first to promote ABS. The new EBD system we are introducing today adds a new control logic to the existing ABS system, electronically controlling front/rear brake pressure distribution according to front/rear weight distribution. This system improves braking stability and performance, particularly under heavy load. It is particularly effective in recreational vehicles, minivans and other vehicles showing large front/rear weight distribution changes depending on load.
For optimum brake performance, brake pressure distribution between front and rear wheels should take into consideration both load condition and weight transfer under braking.
In the past, variable brake pressure distribution systems relied on suspension movement to control brake pressure distribution. However these mechanical systems were quite complex. Brake pressure distribution in passenger cars was thus controlled by a proportioning valve that maintained a fixed front/rear brake pressure distribution under all circumstances.
The system uses the difference in front/rear wheel rotational speed to calculate the maximum brake amount that the rear wheels can safely bear. EBD then acts upon the ABS actuator to automatically adjust brake pressure to fully utilize the increased rear brake limit when heavily loaded.