Electronic stability program safety system: The need of the hour

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Updated: Dec 01, 2014 5:05 PM

Electronic stability program has prevented massive numbers of 190,000 fatal accidents.

Electronic stability program (ESP) was introduced by Bosch, German Auto Supplier in the year 1995 which has prevented massive numbers of 190,000 fatal accidents and saved 6,000 valuable lives in Europe till date. Seeing such massive numbers, the European Union recognized the serious need and advantages of this safety system. As a result, the European Union has decided to make this system as a standard fitment in all vehicles to be manufactured after 1st November, 2014, while in many countries across the world, its already a mandate.


Safety of the passengers should be on the priority of car makers. The focus should be on enhancement and application of such safety features not only in high end cars but also in budget cars. But regrettably, in a country where installation of airbags in the cars is considered as a luxury rather than a mandatory safety feature, the matter lacks seriousness itself. The day when such safety features become mandatory rather than luxury, all the expenditures sustained on these safety features will become meaningful when a safety technology would save a human life from a serious accident.

Functioning of ESP

One of the most treacherous circumstances while driving a car occurs on the road when the driver completely loses his control on the steering wheel and braking resulting into a severe disaster. These circumstances can take place on any road surface be it dry, wet, damp, loose gravel or sandy. The electronic stability program is basically a compilation of smart sensors and processors which efficiently scrutinizes that particular direction in which the car is traveling and the steering inputs from the driver.


As soon as the system ensures that the trend of motion of the vehicle is not as per the deliberated values, the ESP system comes into play and automatically reduces the engine torque. If this fails to work on this particular concern, then the functioning is done with in conjunction of the ABS unit. Then the ESP system implies brakes on the wheels therefore, producing the counterforce necessary to maintain the car on the preferred route. Moreover, anti lock braking systems were also created by Bosch in 1978 that function along with the ESP to avoid vehicle collisions.


ESP system also assists in hilly areas through hill assist system which comes equipped in many cars nowadays. The hill assist is also known as hill start system that essentially prevents rolling back of a vehicle when driving through slope or elevated paths. Furthermore, the ESP prevents the possibility of turnover of SUVs as they have extra ground clearance as compared to saloons and hatchbacks.


ESP system is for all vehicles

Bosch sells this ESP systems with a basic concept which implies that ESP can be employed to the detailed requirements of the vehicle keeping in mind and most importantly, the cost of installation. This ESP system ranges from inexpensive ESP lights for entry level cars for promising markets to the ESP HEV regenerative braking systems for advanced electric vehicles in developed countries. Many nations around the world have recognized the advantages and the benefits provided by the ESP which resulted into a mandatory implementation of this system in the countries like United States, Canada, Israel and Australia. Moreover, European Union has also set a compulsion for all the vehicles to be manufactured with this system. Some of the nations that would soon standardize the ESP system across their vehicles are Russia, Turkey, Japan and Korea.



Introduction of ESP system will certainly increase the cost of the vehicle but it will definitely reduce the number of accidents and safety of human lives. Such introduction might impact the sales structure of the company but safety of the passengers should be on the priority as it will induce more trust in consumers as a whole.

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