Definition of drive-by-wire in English:


(also steer-by-wire)


mass noun, usually as modifier
  • A semi-automatic and typically computer-regulated system for controlling the engine, handling, suspension, and other functions of a motor vehicle.

    as modifier ‘a drive-by-wire car’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What may tip the balance in favor of 42-volt electrical systems is drive-by-wire technology.’
    • ‘As a note, some drive-by-wire concepts have already appeared in upper-level, premium vehicle systems.’