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Hyundai receives Technology award

20 Feb 2008


All Hyundai models now have ESP

The Hyundai ESP setup

All four wheels have speed sensors


At the recent AMI New Zealand Autocar 2008 Car of the Year awards, Hyundai New Zealand was awarded the Technology of the Year award.

The award largely acknowledged Hyundai's huge safety step by implementing an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) across its entire vehicle range, a first for a mainstream manufacturer.

Hyundai's decision to make ESP a compulsory safety feature is a step towards making the New Zealand car fleet safer.

Premium car marques offer ESP across their range of vehicles, Hyundai is the first mainstream car manufacturer to do so in New Zealand.Given Hyundai's wide variety of cars, this safety feature has now become available to almost everyone.

ESP may also be referred to as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) or Vehicle Stability Enhancement (VSE).

Widely regarded as the most significant safety feature since the seatbelt, ESP helps the driver maintain control of a vehicle should a dangerous over-steer or under-steer situation be detected.

The system does this by relaying vehicle and wheel speeds, steering angle, lateral acceleration and vehicle yaw rate (pivot angle) information to a computer that can rapidly brake individual wheels and reduce engine power. This considerably aids the stabilisation of a vehicle, helping keep it on track.

ESP is proven in an accident to reduce the chances of a fatality by 43 percent and reduces the chance of a vehicle rolling over in a sharp turn by 77 percent.

Importantly Hyundai has announced that the inclusion of the ESP system will not add any additional costs to their cars.

Hopefully Hyundai's announcement will encourage more car manufacturers to make the ESP system standard throughout their range of vehicles.

Although the ESP system is expected to reduce the number of accidents, and potentially fatalities, drivers must still drive to the conditions. An ESP system will only assist to a point.