SAN FRANCISCO: ESP,
an Innovative new braking technology is helping to keep cars out of trouble and on the
road for today and in the future.
A driving stability system, known as the Electronic Stability Program
(ESP), developed by engineers at Continental Teves, is on constant standby to assist
drivers as critical situations arise in the twists and turns of driving. The technology,
developed in Europe, offers automakers and car buyers a way to improve stability quickly
and cheaply. ESP uses a set of sensors to keep a vehicle from spinning out and is gaining
It is an interactive safety system said to significantly improve
vehicle stability, with in physical limits, in all three areas of vehicle performance:
accelerating, cornering and braking. It can help avoid potential accidents and helps
drivers maintain control of their vehicles even in critical situations.
ESP, through electrical sensors strategically placed throughout the
vehicle, analyzes steering wheel activity, wheel speeds, acceleration and the
vehicles rotation about it vertical axis (in technical jargon this is called yaw)
and continually compares this data to determine whether the actual course of the vehicle
corresponds to the desired direction.
If this is not the case, ESP jumps into action. By braking individual
wheels, ESP corrects understeer and oversteer, and helps keep the vehicle on the road. The
system is based on familiar components such as anti-lock brakes and traction control.
For example, before a car starts to skid (the rear wheels start to
swing out) ESP activates the front wheel brake on the outside of the curve to prevent the
rear-end of the vehicle from breaking away. Where necessary, ESP intervenes in engine
management as well.
"ESP was not designed for luxury or high performance cars
alone," states Mark Sowka, Vice President, Electronic Brake Systems for Continental
Teves, N.A. "Its meant to enhance driveability and safety, which makes it ideal
for all vehicles, including vans and SUVs".
Continental supplied nearly 400,000 ESP units in 1999. In 2000, that
figure soared to 1.4 million. For 2003, the company already has orders for 3.4 million
Customers include Ford, Audi, BMW, Toyota, VW, Volvo, Jaguar and
Mercedes Benz. In 2003, Continental Teves will supply one million units in North America
alone. By 2004, in Europe, one of every three cars will be equipped with ESP.
To educate consumers on automotive safety technologies, Continental Teves developed the
national safe driving initiative, Drive Safer America!, which has educated thousands on
how to properly use ABS. For more information about Drive Safer America!, visit
www.drivesaferamerica.org or call 1-800-694-5200 for a FREE video about ESP. You can visit
Continental Teves North America online at www.contitevesna.com.
By Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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Column Name: New Technology Helps Keep Vehicles On The Road
Topic: ESP, Anti-Lock Brakes & Traction Control Work Together
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Photo Caption: ESP in Action
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