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EU regulation enters into force in November 2011: ESP® compulsory in all new car models Anti-skid system fitted as standard

  • ESP® in every second new vehicle worldwide by 2013
  • Safety systems ever smaller, more powerful, and more cost-effective
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  • October 31, 2011
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From November 1, 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 October 31, 2014.

Making ESP® compulsory is part of a comprehensive European Commission strategy to improve road safety. "ESP® can prevent up to 80 percent 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 percent 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 percent of all cars and commercial vehicles manufactured in Europe had ESP®.

ESP® in every second new vehicle across the globe by 2013
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.

Bosch supports UN road safety decade
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.

Technical details
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.

Mobility Solutions is the largest Bosch Group business sector. In 2015, its sales came to 41.7 billion euros, or 59 percent of total group sales. This makes the Bosch Group one of the leading automotive suppliers. The Mobility Solutions business sector combines the group’s expertise in three mobility domains – automation, electrification, and connectivity – and offers its customers integrated mobility solutions. Its main areas of activity are injection technology and powertrain peripherals for internal-combustion engines, diverse solutions for powertrain electrification, vehicle safety systems, driver-assistance and automated functions, technology for user-friendly infotainment as well as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, repair-shop concepts, and technology and services for the automotive aftermarket. Bosch is synonymous with important automotive innovations, such as electronic engine management, the ESP anti-skid system, and common-rail diesel technology.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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