ESP is now Compulsory on New Cars

ESP Installation Rates

ESP Installation Rates

From 1st November 2011, all new car and light commercial vehicle models in the EU must be equipped with the anti-skid system ESP (Electronic Stability Program). The corresponding EU regulation applies to all vehicles with type approvals issued after this date. ESP will subsequently become compulsory in all new EU vehicles from 31st October 2014.

Making ESP compulsory is part of a comprehensive European Commission strategy to improve road safety. "ESP can prevent up to 80 per cent of all skidding accidents. It is the most important vehicle safety system after the seat belt”, says Dr. Werner Struth, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division. Bosch developed ESP and in 1995, it was the first company worldwide to start series production. By 2010, 41 per cent of all cars and light commercial vehicles weighing less than six metric tons that rolled off the world's production lines were equipped with the system. And some 63 per cent of all cars and commercial vehicles manufactured in Europe had ESP.

Since 1995, Bosch has played a key role in ensuring the widespread use of ESP by delivering more than 50 million systems worldwide. It is expected that every second new car across the globe will have ESP by 2013.

The global success of ESP supports the goal of the United Nations (UN) initiative ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020’, which aims to help halve the number of road deaths by 2020. According to recent surveys, around 1.3 million people are killed on the world's roads each year. To make sure that breakthroughs such as ESP become a global safety standard, Bosch never lets up in its development efforts. The objective is to boost the systems’ performance while also making them ever smaller and more cost-effective. Encouraging widespread market use of such systems will help keep everyone safe. Equipping all new vehicle models with ESP as standard in Europe also paves the way for increased use of driver assistance systems based on intelligent networking between ESP and sensors that monitor vehicle surroundings, such as radars or cameras.

The Electronic Stability Program uses intelligent sensors to check 25 times per second whether the driver's steering input matches the vehicle's actual direction of travel. If the system detects some discrepancy and identifies that the vehicle is likely to become unstable, ESP intervenes by reducing the engine torque in order to restore stability. If that is not sufficient, then it additionally brakes individual wheels. ESP also incorporates the functions of the antilock braking system (ABS) and traction control.

22 November 2011 Staff

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