- A milestone in active driving safety
- ESP® keeps the vehicle on track even in critical handling situations
- Series production from 1995
Daimler-Benz presented its dynamic handling control FDR, a system jointly developed with Bosch in Arjeplog in Sweden in mid March 1994. It had its market launch a year later under the name Electronic Stability Programme (ESP®) and represented a further milestone in the field of active safety. The launch vehicle was the Mercedes-Benz S 600 Coupé (C 140). A few months later it appeared in the S-Class saloon (W 140) and the SL roadster (R 129). But the honour of being equipped with the system in large unit numbers went to the A-Class. In response to the “moose test”, the A-Class was equipped with ESP® as standard from February 1998. By August 1999 it was standard-fit equipment on almost all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars.