What’s still the best?
After three decades of chronicling innovations annually, some objects continue to impress.
“Antilock-braking systems existed before ABS-VI debuted but always as expensive options on luxury and sports cars. This system, which cost half as much as its predecessors, democratized one of the most important automotive-safety techniques ever devised. Not only does it do its primary job (allowing drivers to retain control in a skid) brilliantly, but the adaptations of its core brake-pulsing capability have spawned most modern traction and stability controls. Now ABS is as elemental to car-safety technology as crumple zones, backup cameras, and airbags. It’s every driver’s first line of defense.”