Steering Column Lock – electronic
An electronic steering column lock (ESCL) is a security feature found in many modern vehicles together with Start-Stop button. It is designed to prevent unauthorised use of the vehicle by locking the steering wheel in place when the key is removed from the ignition or the vehicle is turned off.
The ESCL system uses an electronic control module to operate an actuator that physically locks the steering column, preventing it from turning. The actuator is typically located inside the steering column, and is activated by the electronic control module when the key is removed from the ignition or the vehicle is turned off.
The ESCL system is designed to provide an additional layer of security to prevent vehicle theft, particularly in situations where a thief may attempt to hot-wire the ignition or bypass other security measures. System functional safety is ensured by detailed analysis and implementing redundant components which guarantee reliability as well, while following state-of-the-art automotive standards.