CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
dynamic stability control
Known by more acronyms than a Department of Defense handbook, the system integration labeled stability control has finally come of age. A decade ago, luxury carmakers combined traction control with antilock braking to help drivers avoid skidding off the road. But early systems interfered too much with spirited driving and, in some cases, created their own safety hazards. Today's systems can save average drivers from peril and make good drivers feel like Formula 1 pros. Luxury brands are still the technology leaders, making DSC a standard feature, but affordable vehicles are catching up quickly, prompted mainly by government pressure to help keep SUVs from rolling over.
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