Mercedes-Benz’s ESP Technology
The Electronic Stability Program was pioneered with the S-Class back in 1995. Since then the ESP technology has been extended to most Mercedes-Benz cars. When you negotiate a right turn in high speed and the car threatens to go into a spin, the ESP stability control is deployed immediately and brakes are applied on the front left wheel to bring the car back on track. In the event of understeering, brakes are applied on the rear wheels to bring the car back. EPS follows a straight line as reference. The central line is always maintained and when a slight drift is sensed, corrective measures are deployed immediately.
The car’s handling is monitored continuously and the data thus received is compared to the pre-programmed ideal data. When the data doesn’t match, ESP handles the situation in two ways: firstly, braking action is forced on one or more wheels or brakes are applied on individual wheels similar to the action of applying force on four brake pedals. Secondly, engine output is adjusted as per need. Thus response to loss of control is within milliseconds.
Efficiency of ESP handling is not compromised on wet, icy or gravelly roads. Regardless of the road condition, even on perilous roads, ESP is deployed every time the driver requires assistance. The design of the ESP control is similar to that found in aircrafts.
Although ESP is a wonderful driver assist system, it cannot override the laws of physics.
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