Electronic Stability Program Saves Lives - Lots of Them

Date 2006/6/14 8:37:00 | Topic: Miscellaneous

A new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released the results of a study that show use of stability control technology (called Electronic Stability Program [ESP] by DaimlerChrysler and a number of other auto manufacturers) reduces accident fatalities by as much as 43%. From CNN.com:
About 34,000 people are killed in auto crashes in the United States each year.

A comparison of rates of fatal crashes for vehicles that were identical except for the inclusion of electronic stability control, the Institute said, reveals that the vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) were 43 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

If all vehicles were equipped with the technology, instead of the current 25 percent, the Institute estimates that as many as 10,000 fatal accidents could be prevented each year.

The study bolsters earlier research by the Institute, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and others supporting the effectiveness of ESC.

ESC relies on two other underlying technologies: anti-lock brakes and electronic traction control. Anti-lock brakes use sensors to detect when a car's wheels are about to lose traction under hard braking. The system then pumps the brakes at an extremely rapid rate, allowing the wheels to regain traction so that the car stays in control and can be steered effectively.
DaimlerChrysler has previously announced that all Jeeps will have ESP standard by the end of 2006.

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