Electronic stability control (ESC) is one of many safety features being adopted by auto manufacturers. ESC’s main purpose is to keep a vehicle on its path during a corner and prevent it from rolling over or skidding, according to Consumer Reports.
The technology detects when a vehicle begins to lose control and selectively applies brakes to different wheels while cutting engine power. This technology is especially important in SUVs, which have a higher rollover risk than sedans.
Consumer Reports explains that although the ESC cannot correct a vehicle’s structural predisposition to rollovers and cannot defy gravity, it can improve the safety of many vehicles.
The news source estimates that if all vehicles had this feature, 10,000 lives would be saved annually. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced plans to make the electronic stability control technology standard on all new vehicles starting in 2012.
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