Accident data shows that Electronic Stability Control (ESC) can significantly reduce the likelihood of being involved in loss-of-control crashes.
The ESC system uses sensors in the vehicle to compare differences between the car’s actual course and the driver’s steering wheel input. If the onboard computer senses that loss of control is imminent, the system automatically reduces engine power, and may apply braking to individual wheels to assist the driver to bring the car back to its intended course.
The ESC software is programmed after exhaustive tests in a variety driving conditions. While many systems can be switched off, it recommended that the driver leaves the system on as emergency situations can occur at any time – often without warning.
On 22 June 2009, the Australian Government announced the introduction of an Australian Design Rule, based on Global Technical Regulation No.8, for the mandatory fitting of ESC to passenger cars and SUVs from November 2011 (for new models) and November 2013 (for all vehicles).
The FCAI supports the ADR, as it delivers nationally consistent regulations for ESC that are harmonised with international regulations.