Definition of drive-by-wire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrīvbīˌwī(ə)r/


[often as modifier]
A semiautomatic and normally computer-regulated system for controlling the engine, handling, suspension, and other functions of a motor vehicle. Also called steer-by-wire.
Example sentences
  • The drive-by-wire throttle system has two modes - normal for on-road use, augmented by a slowerresponding calibration for creeping off-road.
  • ‘For safety reasons,’ he explains, ‘we have decided to follow a step-by-step procedure when it comes to drive-by-wire systems.’
  • While news about drive-by-wire systems (also known as x-by-wire) continues to fill the industry journals, expectations have yet to meet reality.
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