According to the US Department of Transportation and NHTSA’s publication (https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/13069a-ads2.0_090617_v9a_tag.pdf) an Autonomous Driving System (ADS) is responsible for performing Object and Event Detection and Response.
This refers, on one hand, to the detection of any circumstance that is relevant to the immediate driving task, and on the other hand, implementation of the appropriate driver or system response to such circumstance.
When shifting to autonomous driving we have an opportunity to make car transportation safer from day one, which we know wasn’t the case for manually driven cars. The appropriate system response in a critical situation, such as skidding on icy roads, should and can result in a behavior that is far more safe than advanced driving in traditional cars with ESP. Why not just do it?
Watch our film demonstrating the difference between Vehicle Motion Control and ESP in an autonomous car.