Electronic Stability Control is essential for European Union in all the new cars and light commercial vehicles; it comes to effect from November 1st, 2014. Electronic Stability Control is also called as Dynamic Stability Control or Electronic Stability Program. ESP is now mandatory in all the new cars sold in United States of America and Canada since 2011.
What Is Electronic Stability Control?
ESC aids to maintain the stability of vehicle if it loses traction and goes out of control. An on-board computer continuously observes the movement of the vehicle. If any loss of traction is founds, it results into skidding and loss of steering controls. The system automatically applies the brakes to the respective wheels in order to counter oversteer.
Bosh is the major supplier of ESC/ DSC/ ESP safety system throughout the world. The organisation has generated more than 100 million of such systems since 1995. This safety feature have protected about 1,90,000 accidents and more than 6,000 lives since its invention.
As the complete world is moving towards to monitor safety measures, we hope the Indian government will also wake-up soon from its nap. The recent NCAP tests of some of our favourite cars are an eye opener. Maruti Swift (India’s highest selling premium hatch), to Altos, Nano’s and GOs, all have the drastic outcomes. But to some positivity, automakers such as Volkswagen (Polo, Vento), Toyota (Etios, Liva) and Ford (Fiesta) and few others have made airbags and Antilock Braking System standard despite of any norms.