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The events below inform the driver of PSM control operations and warn him to adapt his driving style to the road conditions:
Examples of PSM control operations
Automatic brake differential (ABD)
The ABD system controls the front and rear axles separately. If one wheel of an axle starts to spin, it is braked so that the other wheel on the same axle can be driven.
ABD recognizes different driving states, and it features control strategies adapted to these states. In situations in which little propulsive power is required, such as when the vehicle moves off on a level gravel surface, traction control already becomes active at low engine speeds. If a large amount of propulsive power is required, e.g. when driving off on an uphill slope or for rapid acceleration, the ABD system is adapted accordingly.
Anti-slip control (ASR)
The anti-slip control system prevents the wheels from spinning by adjusting the engine power, thereby ensuring good lane-holding ability and stable handling.
Engine drag torque control (MSR)
In conditions of excessive slip, the engine drag torque control system prevents all driven wheels from locking up when the vehicle is overrunning. This is also the case for downshifts on a slippery road.
Steering torque pulse
The steering torque pulse provides the driver with steering assistance when braking on road surfaces with differing friction values.
Additional steering forces also assist the driver during countersteering.
Switching off PSM
When braking in the ABS control range,
the vehicle is stabilised even when PSM is switched off.
One-sided spinning of the wheels is prevented, even with PSM switched off.