In 2008, the share of newly registered passenger cars in Germany equipped with the ESP (electronic stability program) rose by two percentage points to 81%.

The figures for Europe showed a five percentage-point rise to 55%.

Legal regulations passed in the US and Europe, and now also in Australia, mean that every new vehicle in these countries will be equipped with this active safety system by the end of 2014 at the latest.

“ESP can prevent up to 80% of all skidding accidents, and is therefore a considerable boost to safety,” says Dr. Werner Struth, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division.

“Moreover, nearly all future driver-assistance and safety systems will use ESP sensor signals and the possibilities for intervention offered by the system. For example, if ESP is already installed, an automatic emergency braking system can be added faster and more cost-effectively.”
In 1995 Bosch was the first to manufacture it in series production.

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In many European countries, the percentage of vehicles equipped with ESP last year increased.

In Italy, for example, the figure rose from 42 to 51% and in the UK it went up from 48 to 56%.

In France, by contrast, the share fell from 46 to 42%, largely due to the greater proportion of small cars among newly registered vehicles in the country.

“Small cars remain our main concern,” Struth says. “ESP is at least as important in these cars as it is in larger vehicles.”

In the German small-car segment, the share rose by 6 percentage points to 44%.

As early as 2007, the US mandated ESP’s gradual introduction up to the model year 2012. The EU requires all new vehicle models from November 2011 to be fitted with the safety system, while all newly registered vehicles must have ESP from November 2014.

In June 2009, the Australian government decided that the electronic stability program is to be mandatory for new vehicle series from November 2011, and for all newly registered vehicles from November 2013.