Thursday, April 30, 2009

Electronic Stability Program (ESP) Explained

I came across this helpful youtube video below and thought I would share. Quite a nice demonstration to have a look at if you would like to see ESP in action.

If you are not sure just what difference ESP can make when the going gets a little tricky, check out the following video provided by Volkswagen.

Volkswagen’s ESP system uses a number of electronic vehicle controls to assist the driver in maintaining control of the car in difficult conditions. Using a variety of sensors that measure variables such as yaw rate and steering angle, an ESP system has the ability to predict where a driver is intending to steer a vehicle and brake wheels individually or collectively in order to correct the cars attitude in the event of traction loss or excessive over or understeer.

In VW’s case, the ESP system works in conjunction with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Anti-slip Regulation (ASR) system as well as components of the Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) system.

At the time of writing, providing ESP on all 2009 models is a VW North American market initiative only but could be the start of similar moves by other manufacturers.

With recent calls for ESP to be made a mandatory fitment on new vehicles in Australia it shouldn’t be long before we see Volkswagen and other manufacturers take ESP off the options list and make it standard fitment across their model ranges.

[taken from The Motor Report]



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  2. some valuable information I have always gotten great VW Parts and Service from my VW dealership, its why I stick with them, They happily explain everything I need to know such as their ESP. Having that knowledge really helps you feel more comfortable with new technology