Safety first : Electronic Stability Control

Where we would have been if we didn’t create this thing, god knows. Actually, we know. Probably in a ditch somewhere. Probably crashed onto a steel girder. All sorts of things. Thankfully, we created Electronic Stability Control so we don’t have to suffer that.

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Electronic Stability Control, a.k.a ESC originated, or at least the concept started in 1983 when a system called the Four – wheel electronic anti-skid control is introduced on a car, the Toyota Crown. In 1987, the companies BMW, Mercedes and Toyota developed and introduced their first traction control systems, which was a part of the whole ESC system. Then in 1990, Mitsubishi paired two safety systems together and the TCL system was born. The TCL system contained a various number of sensors which recorded data and sent instructions to a central computer, which affected the duties of engines and brakes by regulating them such that cars didn’t skid and maintained traction. Now, those early systems have morphed into a busy set of machinery which monitors a car each split second and corrects it.

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Today, ESC is a standard function in a huge chunk of the total cars in the world and that are being bought. The system as said consists of a central computer which has multiple sensors that send and receive data. The ESC aids steering, brakes as well as engines. A well – used example of ESC being helpful is in corners. As shown above, a car without ESC and any other electronic assists would speed into a corner and understeer, causing the vehicle to skid out of its path. With ESC on the other hand, it is a completely different story. The car which has ESC will enter into the corner. The sensors of the ESC can sense a little understeer. The ESC sends signals to the brakes, making them slow the car down a little. The ESC would then send a message to the engine to lower its power output. And finally, the steering seems to be at too large an angle, so the ESC corrects that. All of this in a heartbeat.

It is an amazing phenomenon. Really. ESCs contribute so much to a safe ride. Every sliver of time. Equip your car with ESC if it doesn’t have it standard. It really helps, and for all the work it does, the reward is a safe, carefree(not really) journey anywhere.

I will end this post here. I will write more about cars and parts. stay tuned.

Happy Driving! (And by all means, safe driving too!)

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