I spent 3 1/2 months in far northern Sweden with a couple of weeks in England thrown in.
I was working for an automotive supplier known at the time as Kelsey-Hayes (which was later subsumed into Lucas and then later still into TRW but that's another story). We had begun work a few months earlier on a full speed traction control system that managed both the brakes and the engine torque. Up until that time we had only done work on brake-only systems so we basically started from scratch.
I spent countless hours that winter driving on frozen lakes, snow covered roads and even some heated asphalt and learned a lot about real world vehicle dynamics and how we could influence it with electronic control systems. Although I didn't know it at the time, many of the lessons I learned from driving and analyzing the sensor data would later be incorporated into enhanced ABS, stability control and even launch control systems.
takes a look at the differences between traction control and launch control in an excellent primer.
Launch Control vs. Traction Control – Motor Trend
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