Active safety system ESP introduced

  • Date
    6 February 1995
  • Description
    In Arjeplog in northern Sweden, Mercedes-Benz presents the active safety system "Electronic Stability Program" (ESP) to the press. The system reduces the risk of skidding in critical driving situations. An electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission that permits especially comfortable and economical driving also is presented. Both components are part of the standard equipment of the S 600 Coupé starting in May.
NAG (5-speed automatic transmission) Cutaway model
of the 170, 202, 208, 210 series
NAG (5-speed automatic transmission)
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé of the 140 series without ESP on a snow-covered road during test drives in Sweden, 1995.
S-class coupé,C 140, without ESP
On a frozen lake at the Arctic circle near the Swedish town of Arjeplog Mercedes-Benz on 15th March 1994 presents the new "Electronic Stability Program" (ESP®) to the media that has been jointly developed with Bosch. The abbreviation ESP® is a registered trademark of Mercedes-Benz. The technology counteracts the skidding of vehicles and can prevent nearly every second severe or fatal single-vehicle accident, according to independent tests. In the order of the most important onboard safety systems it ranks right after the seat belt and even before the airbag.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class, model series 140
The Mercedes-Benz S 600 Coupe is fitted with the new "Electronic Stability Program" (ESP®) as standard equipment from May 1995 forward. ESP® reduces the risk of skidding and stabilises the vehicle through a targeted, individual braking intervention on one or more wheels. Ever since ESP® has been fitted as standard equipment the proportion of driving accidents of new Mercedes models has dropped by about 42 per cent. Driving accidents are those in which drivers lose control of their vehicles without any influence by other road users. Anti-skidding technology is considered one of the most important accident prevention systems in passenger cars, ranking behind the seat belt but even in front of the airbag. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performed a calculation as early as in 2006 according to which 34 per cent of all single-vehicle accidents plus 71 per cent of passenger car roll-overs could be prevented by ESP® systems. If ESP® were rolled out across all of Europe, 4,000 traff
S 600 Coupé