has produced 100 million ESP systems since the start of series production in
1995. In the process, the company has made a significant contribution to making
driving safer. Especially on slippery roads, but also in instances where
vehicles drive into bends too quickly, the electronic stability program helps
keep vehicles on course and prevent skidding accidents, which often have
serious consequences, according to a press statement from the company.
“In recent years, ESP has demonstrably saved
lives,” says Gerhard Steiger, the president of the Bosch Chassis Systems
Control division, summing up the findings of several effectiveness studies.
“Moreover, ESP is an important building block for high-performance assistance
functions and automated driving.” Bosch developed the anti-skid technology and,
in 1995, was the first company worldwide to start series production of the
the seatbelt, ESP is the car’s most important safety system. According to
studies, it can prevent up to 80pc of skidding accidents. A detailed analysis
of the comprehensive German In-depth Accident Study’s (GIDAS) database shows
that in 2011, 540 lives were saved in Germany alone as a result of ESP. This
year, 60pc of all cars on the country’s roads were equipped with the electronic
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