An automotive braking technology that increases braking pressure in an emergency situation. It’s called a driver-adaptive system because electronics measure and monitor a driver’s normal driving patterns. The system can tell the difference between merely slowing down at a light and a panic stop according to the speed and force by which the brake pedal is applied. The antilock braking system (ABS) then takes over to prevent the wheels from locking up. Brake assist technology was introduced in the mid-1990s by Mercedes-Benz.