Vehicle stability control is a technology designed to arrest skids. The intention is to enable a driver to maintain control of a vehicle during sudden and/or abrupt changes of direction. The goal is to keep the vehicle traveling on the path intended by the driver.
Different manufacturers refer to the technology by a number of different names; electronic stability control or “ESC”, AdvanceTrac, Electronic Stability Program or “ESP”, StabiliTrac, Vehicle Dynamics Control or “VDC”, and Vehicle Stability Assist are a few of the designations employed.
Designed to prevent the conditions known as understeer and oversteer, the technology was developed by the Robert Bosch Corporation. Vehicle stability control is generally agreed to have been initially employed in Mercedes-Benz and BMW models.