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#1 01-07-07 13:57:57

dog
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stability control

Just watched an oldish episode of fifth gear in which Tiff was testing the safety features on a Jag by thrashing it about on some massive snow plain in Sweden. What caught my eye was this stability control thing, it was incredible, I've never seen anything in a car which is this smart in my life. By the looks of it, if it is really this good, it is something which obviously needs to be on EVERY car.

Here is the video of Tiff pratting about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3m24bjkfg0

and here is a techinical explanation of how ESP works and how effective it is at saving lives: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9Y6z7cXxEE

The RoSPA article on ESC: http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety/advice/ … es/esc.htm

Do any of you have this on your cars?

Edit:

some more facts:

Mercedes have had ESC as standard on all of their cars since 1999.
BMW have had it as standard on all of their cars since 2000.
Ford are going to have it as standard on all of their cars from 2009, but the Fiesta ST and I expect other models already have the option of having it fitted.
GM are going to have it standard on all cars from 2010, so I guess that includes all Vauxhalls too.

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01-07-07 13:57:57

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Re: stability control




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#2 01-07-07 15:16:23

kev elliott
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Re: stability control

Dog,
Long time no see smile

Looks like stabilty control is coming

http://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol/li … 744305.ece


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#3 01-07-07 16:55:26

dog
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Re: stability control

Dog,
Long time no see smile

As some may think, but I saw your car parked in Sainsburys car park on friday evening wink

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#4 04-07-07 17:41:37

Lily
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Re: stability control

That 'stability control' thing in a car is a must. It's good to know that car manufacturers are now working on it.

#5 04-07-07 19:42:31

kev elliott
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Re: stability control

The only disadvantage to it is that it can get you going and keep you going, however on ice and snow it cannot give you more grip than is there to stop you, and it is easier to get going than to stop.


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#6 04-07-07 20:22:16

driver69
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Re: stability control

That 'stability control' thing in a car is a must. It's good to know that car manufacturers are now working on it.

Maybe they would be better investing time in coming up with some sort of driver IQ system which would limit the speed of moron drivers.  There would then be no need for stability control.


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#7 05-07-07 11:21:30

dog
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Posts: 813

Re: stability control

The only disadvantage to it is that it can get you going and keep you going, however on ice and snow it cannot give you more grip than is there to stop you, and it is easier to get going than to stop.

Maybe so but it could be said that Tiff's test on the snow/ice was a bit extreme (especially at 70mph), but the majority of people at least in this country don't ever drive at 70mph on roads, especially on snow (when we have it). However it would assist people who take a corner without realising their has been a diesel or oil spill there. They may lose traction with the front two wheels but the ESP would assist them before an accident occurred.

I guess it would certainly help people who hydroplane at roundabouts, too wink

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#8 05-07-07 18:36:13

tim
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Posts: 20

Re: stability control

I think ESP and EDB etc are all great safety features, and I have them fitted on my car - Audi A3. They are also fitted to BMW Minis'. It all good stuff if you know how to use it.

I do alot of fleet work. Today I did some training with a guy who has ABS but has never knowingly used it. He thought he would still have to use cadence if his top of the range BMW skidded (07 plate!!)

He didnt have a clue about ESC/ESP, and I doubt if many other members of the public do either, so I guess the buck will stop with us when it comes to training - or the lack of it!!

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