There was a time when the chances of a driver losing control of a car under emergency or evasive maneuvers were very high. If something (or someone) accidentally wandered onto a road and you had to brake and swerve to avoid, crashing was very common. All the more if the road was wet.
In 1978, however, Mercedes-Benz and Bosch started a real revolution in vehicle safety, and it can be summed up using three letters: ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes).
The two German companies partnered up to develop a system that would become the first truly digital driver assistance technology (DAT). ABS allowed the driver control over the steering even under emergency braking, all by preventing the wheels and tires from locking.