Behavioural Adaptation to Roll Stability Control

A new vehicle system intended to reduce the number of LTVs involved in rollover collisions is Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Designed to assist drivers maintain control of their vehicles during extreme steering manoeuvres, ESC senses when a vehicle starts to spin, and helps turn it to the appropriate heading by automatically applying the brake at one or more wheels. Although emerging research indicates that ESC is effective in reducing collision rates and saving lives, drivers may show changes in their driving behavior after using ESC that could offset or reduce its overall effectiveness. To address this issue, a national survey on ESC is being planned. The survey will be comprised of two phases, both conducted over the telephone by a national survey firm. The first phase will examine awareness, perception, and knowledge of ESC in the general public. The second phase will randomly sample owners/drivers of ESC-equipped vehicles and will include the same questions as the first phase. It will also determine whether drivers have perceived any changes in their driving behavior since the purchase of their vehicle, and whether the two groups (general population vs drivers of ESC vehicles) differ in terms of the number of collisions and traffic violations received. A subsequent behavioral study (FY2006-7) will comprise a naturalistic driving study to assess the driving behavior of participants who have ESC installed in their own vehicles.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Completed
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Transport Canada Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation Directorate

      Vehicle Systems Research Division
      330 Sparks Street, Tower C, 8th Floor
      Ottawa,     K1A 0N5
    • Project Managers:

      Burns, C

      Rudin-Brown, C

    • Performing Organizations:

      Transport Canada Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation Directorate

      Vehicle Systems Research Division
      330 Sparks Street, Tower C, 8th Floor
      Ottawa,     K1A 0N5
    • Start Date: 20030000
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20070000
    • Source Data: RiP Project 27428

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01461172
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada
    • Files: RiP
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:41PM