This Is How ABS, ESC, And Traction Control Work

New cars are confusing. With all the computers, sensors, and gadgets, it may seem like there's some sort of magical witchcraft taking place under the hood. We're here to show you how modern automotive computer control systems work. Last week, we looked at EFI. Today's topics: ABS, TC, and ESC. » 6/24/13 3:33pm 6/24/13 3:33pm

The Dog That Killed Hoonage: A Call For Simplicity

Cars are growing too complex, and we're not the first to complain about it. We probably can't stop the rise of the self-driving car, but we need to stop and remember why we first climbed behind the wheel. » 1/23/10 2:30pm 1/23/10 2:30pm

Do You Think You Can Drive Better Than ESC?

Most people who love to drive and have something sportier than a Ford Taurus love to make a point of switching off the electronic nanny, whether in the guise of old-fashioned ESC or the form of some other acronym. And, while this may be appropriate if you're about to do a burnout or you're in the middle of a spin-out… » 9/02/08 11:40am 9/02/08 11:40am

Mrs. Doubtfire Moves in: Ford to Make Stability Control Standard in 2009

Although FoMoCo already has Electronic Stability Control (ESC) standard on all Ford mid- and full-size SUV's, and they've got ESC standard in all small SUVs and all CUVs in 2007 — they're taking things one step further by expanding the go-straight technology to every Ford, Lincoln and Mercury small car and truck by… » 9/13/06 10:20am 9/13/06 10:20am