By Katie Carson
This video shows an actual SEMA Garage Vehicle Dynamics Program test, which offers specialty-equipment manufacturers the documentation to demonstrate they have formed a reasonable basis with respect to compliance with Federal Regulation FMVSS 126.
The Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN) has released a new Vehicle Technology Resource Alert in partnership with the SEMA Garage, which explains the impact of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) performance on businesses and products as well as accompanying regulatory compliance.
ESC is an active safety vehicle technology that helps drivers maintain control of their vehicles during extreme steering maneuvers by stabilizing and keeping the vehicle headed in the driver’s intended direction, even when the vehicle nears or exceeds the limits of traction. FMVSS 126 requires that all new vehicles sold in the United States since September 1, 2011, with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) rating of 10,000 lbs. or less include ESC as standard equipment, with multi-stage manufacturers and small-volume manufacturers in compliance since September 1, 2012. Aftermarket modifications must maintain ESC functionality and cannot take a vehicle out of compliance with FMVSS 126. ESC, along with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), are the gateway technologies to connected and automated driving.