The ABS braking system has given drivers better vehicle stability and straight-line braking under emergency since its introduction in around 1978. They didn't escape their initial teething troubles, however, and it wasn't until various improvements had been made that ABS became a standard feature on two thirds of all manufactured cars.

The stage beyond ABS has been ESP (electronic stability program) and we're celebrating ten years of this technology this year. ESP is a braking system that prevents skidding in critical conditions and recent studies have shown that ESP can reduce the number of serious accidents on the road by up to fifty percent.