Robert Bosch Braking Systems
Sponsored by BSI.
ESP is the latest in an evolving line of electronic braking systems, which started with ABS as long as 25 years ago this year. Since that time, traction control and now ESP have made significant contributions to road safety.
Two major studies have proven that ESP is able to reduce accident rates by significant numbers and, because it is of most help when, for whatever reason, the driver has lost control of their vehicle, it actually is best at preventing the most serious crashes.
As the world's largest producer of brake control systems, Bosch was the first supplier to begin mass production of ESP in 1995. Bosch has played the leading role in developing electronic control, starting with ABS 25 years ago this year.
ESP comprises of sensors around the vehicle which report the steering instructions given by the driver and the actual motion of the vehicle to a central controller (dedicated computer). If it detects a possible deviation, the ESP controller intervenes, braking individual wheels and reducing engine power to ensure the vehicle stays on a safe course.
Such has been the impact of ABS that it becomes a compulsory fit on all new vehicles in Western Europe from 2004.
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