Bosch Celebrates 10 Years Of ESP

Prince Michael of Kent


  • Prince Michael of Kent joins celebration of active safety system

Ten years ago Bosch became the first supplier to begin series production of its Electronic Stability Program (ESP) technology - a system that prevents a car from skidding in critical driving conditions by braking individual wheels to counter under and/or oversteer and maintain vehicle stability.

What started as an option for high-end passenger cars is now available as a safety feature on most new cars and vans. The seeds of ESP development can be traced back to 1983 when engineers at Bosch sought to optimise the recently introduced anti-lock braking systems (ABS) - the technology that allows drivers to steer around obstacles under emergency, straight-line braking - to ensure better vehicle stability. Today, ESP incorporates advances in ABS along with traction control (TCS).

To mark this milestone, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, patron of RoadSafe, attended a reception at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders in London to celebrate with leading representatives from the road safety and motor industries.

In a speech at the event, Prince Michael congratulated Bosch on the development and pointed out the important safety benefits that can be derived from the fitment of ESP to all vehicles. He was also heartened that the installation rate on new cars being registered in the UK had increased from 20% to 29% in only 12 months.

Bosch’s ESP development received a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2003.

25 July 2005 Staff

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