ADAPTIVE BRAKE: Brakes with added value

Apr 12, 2006
  • Technology: hydraulic brake with electronic control
  • Additional functions: even more safety and comfort
ADAPTIVE BRAKE is technology from the Mercedes-Benz flagship models which is now entering the E-Class. Electronic control enables the hydraulic, dual-circuit braking system to provide support functions which further improve safety and comfort. These include priming of the braking system in critical situations: the braking system interprets rapid removal of the driver’s foot from the accelerator as an emergency braking situation. In this case ADAPTIVE BRAKE increases the pressure in the brake lines and brings the brake linings into light contact with the brake discs, so that they are then able to bite immediately and with full force when the brake pedal is depressed. In this way the system supports the functions of Brake Assist.
ADAPTIVE BRAKE also improves safety in wet conditions: in the wet, the technology applies regular, brief braking impulses to wipe the film of water from the brake discs and ensure that the brakes are able to perform at their peak. The automatic brake drying function is always activated when the windscreen wipers of the E-Class have been operating for a certain time. The driver does not notice the finely metered braking impulses.
Once the E-Class has been braked to a stop, simply keeping the brake pedal depressed for a short time activates this function. The S-Class is then held in position by the brake – even when the driver removes his foot from the brake pedal. In this way the HOLD function prevents the vehicle from rolling forward unintentionally at traffic lights or in stop-and-go traffic. The holding function is switched off automatically when the car moves off again.