Bosch Global – Electonic Stability Control
ESC is a computerised technology that improves a vehicle's stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction. When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help ‘steer’ the vehicle where the driver intends to go.
Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually; for example the outer front wheel to counter oversteer, or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer. Some ESC systems also reduce engine power until control is regained.
The first commercial ESC system was first introduced by Bosch in 1995 on the Mercedes-Benz S 600 Coupé. Global NCAP estimates that since then at least 188,500 crashes (which would have resulted in injury) have been avoided, and more than 6,100 lives have been saved due to ESC.
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