Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-0593
2008-04-14

Industry Implementation of Automotive Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Systems 2008-01-0593

The documented availability of electronic stability control (ESC) systems on passenger vehicles is useful in understanding the integration of ESC technology into the North American automobile market. Unfortunately, the sources that document ESC system availability are not always consistent with each other and many show discrepancies with information from the manufacturers. In this study, the history of the implementation of ESC systems in passenger vehicles is reported based on information combined from several different organizations including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Ward's Auto World, and Consumers Reports. Where discrepancies exist between these different sources of data, clarification was gained through further research of information available from the manufacturer, including corporate press releases, owner manuals, and vehicle brochures. ESC system implementation in vehicles as standard equipment is studied in terms of model year sales volumes, vehicle type, and vehicle manufacturer.

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