Vehicle safety is becoming ever more paramount, so it's reassuring to know that high quality technology is filtering its way down from high-end models into more affordable vehicles. There is one technology, however, that you may not even be aware of…
Emergency Stop Signal, or ESS, has been seen in various iterations on cars from brands such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Volkswagen for a number of years and is now a little-known standard feature on all current Fords supplied to the Australian market and on selected vehicles from Holden (Barina, Captiva, 2015 Cruze, Commodore), Hyundai (i30 Tourer, ix35 SE, i40) and, as demonstrated here, Kia.
Introduced into Kia’s line-up in 2013, the active safety system is initiated when the car detects an emergency or heavy braking situation.
Designed to alert following motorists to any potential hazard up ahead, Kia’s ESS strobes the brake lights and flashes the hazard lights – though other systems may solely flash brake lights or flash hazards individually.
Once the emergency situation has cleared and the car drives off, the brake lights and hazards will return to normal operation.