ESP Mandatory For All New Cars Sold In Europe
|   Friday, November 28, 2014
All new vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tons sold in the European Union after November 1 will be equipped with ESP as standard.

The ESP stability control system launched in 1995 is mandatory for all vehicles weighing up to 3.5 tons sold on the European market after 1 November. The obligation for vehicles with stability control system is given by a European standard that will come into effect from November 1, 2015, and for other new vehicles sold in the European Union.


The data of Bosch, the supplier who invented this system along with Continental, shows that 84 percent of new vehicles in Europe already had ESP as standard at the beginning of the year. ESP is considered the most important vehicle safety system since the invention of seat belts; nearly 80 percent of the accidents that occur through slippage can be prevented if this system would equip all vehicles on the road. Bosch is a major ESP manufacturer and has produced 100 million of these systems since production began back in 1995.

Only in 2011, ESP prevented more than 33,000 accidents with injured and saved over 1,000 lives, says a study by Bosch. The above figures are only valid for EU member states at a time when the ESP was standard on about 40 percent of models on the market.

Since the initial launch of ESP in 1995, 190,000 injuries were prevented and saved more than 6,000 lives in Europe. The stability control system is the logical evolution of ABS, a safety system developed by Bosch in 1978. Thanks to the special sensors the ESP can apply the brakes to any wheel of a vehicle to counteract a skid, and has the ability to assist traction control and stabilize the trailer, which can swerve. In addition, many of the driver assistance systems rely on sensors and systems that are based on ESP.

ESP compares 25 times per second if the car is really moving in the direction the driver wants it to be going in. If the values don't match, the anti-skid system kicks in and first reduces torque. If that is not enough, it can brakes individual wheels, generating the counterforce required to keep the car on course.

The European Union is the second important market which introduces the obligation of ESP for all vehicles up to 3.5 tons sold by a specified date. The USA and Canada have implemented a similar measure in September 2011, when all new vehicles weighing up to 4.5 tons must have standard ESP if they were sold after the first day of that month. After the US and Canada, Australia and Israel have made ​​it mandatory for new cars to have ESP. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, Turkey and Russia will introduce mandatory ESP for new cars in the coming years.

84 percent of all new vehicles in Europe were outfitted with the system in 2014, but the figure for all new vehicles worldwide was just 59 percent.




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