How Drive-by-Wire Systems Work


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Drive-by-Wire systems help you control your car with electronics instead of mechanics.

Most cars have mechanical and hydraulic systems for these controls. This requires a lot of different parts that can weigh down your car, and all that metal means serious risk of degradation. Drive-by-wire, conversely, is an innovative technology that is used to electronically control your speed, braking, turning, and any other driving command you give your car, which makes for easier handling.

With drive-by-wire, the heavy mechanical parts are replaced with much lighter electrical wires that use sensors to collect information and then transmit the information to the relevant parts of the car. Sensors on the gas pedal, for instance, measure how much pressure you put on the pedal and send the data to the engine management system. This system determines how much fuel is used to accelerate, among other things.

Furthermore, if the electronic system fails, as batteries and electronics aren’t 100% reliable, a mechanical backup system will kick in, solving the drive-by-wire system’s biggest drawback. Plus, fly-by-wire has been used for a long time in planes, so there’s experience and expertise at play. Overall, safety has been considered when it comes to drive-by-wire, and any major issues have been addressed.

2015 Ford Mustang Apollo Edition

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The Ford Mustang Apollo Edition is a great tribute to the Apollo Space Program and looks similar to this stock ‘stang.

Last week, July 23, 2015, Ford donated the 2015 Ford Mustang Apollo Edition to the charity auction AirVenture, hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association.

The one of a kind Apollo Edition is upgraded with a supercharger and shifter that brings the horsepower up to 627, over 100 hp higher than the stock version, among several other performance enhancements to make it a track-ready powerhouse. The exterior features a classy black and white paint job with patriotic stars and stripes and orange LED headlights meant to mimic the look of a rocket ship.

Created to honor the Apollo space program and “represent the astonishing innovations in technology and national achievement that was landing the first human on the moon,” the proceeds from the futuristic Apollo Edition Mustang will be donated to youth aviation programs like the Young Eagles. This is the eighth special edition car Ford has donated to charity auctions like AirVenture.