ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a
global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive
safety technology, is uniquely positioned to support its customers’ new safety
requirements that will be introduced soon in India. The company has significantly
widened its safety systems portfolio in India and has expanded its
manufacturing capabilities in the country to cater to the rising needs of its
The Bharat New Vehicle Safety
Assessment Program (BNVSAP) will soon come into play. As part of BNVSAP’s new
safety regulations, it will be mandatory for all new cars sold in India to be
fitted with airbags and ABS as a standard. It will also mandate the fitment of
reverse parking sensors, seat belt indicators and a speed alert system as standard
equipment in all new cars. The new regulations are expected to come into force
from April 2019 and all new cars sold in India will have to meet them.
These regulations have
encouraged many automakers to expand their footprint and manufacturing bases in
India. With a broad product portfolio of safety systems and solutions – already
localized in the Indian market - ZF is
optimally positioned to help OEM meet new safety requirements.
Suresh KV, president of ZF
India, commented: “ZF has localized a number of key safety technologies in the
Indian market including seat belt and airbag systems (through its JV partner
Rane TRW Steering Systems Pvt. Ltd.), as well as advanced braking systems
including its Electric Park Brake (EPB) and Anti-lock Braking (ABS) technology
with JV partner Brakes India. These locally manufactured safety components will
play an increasingly important role in helping to enhance the overall safety of
the driver and the vehicle”.
ZF participates in the stop the Crash event
As a part of its endeavor to
continue providing world class safety systems solutions, ZF is participating in
the Indian ‘Stop the Crash’ event taking place as part of the Global NCAP World
Congress in Delhi, India. During the congress, worldwide New Car Assessment
Programmes (NCAPs) are gathering to discuss independent consumer vehicle safety
ratings and assess the contribution that safer vehicles can make to the United
Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Stop the Crash is a
multi-stakeholder partnership campaigning for life saving crash avoidance
technologies in support of the UN Global Goals. It aims to demonstrate the
benefits of key safety technologies and promote increased market adoption. ZF
supports this cause globally. The event in Delhi will highlight among others
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).These
technologies are an important step when it comes to safety systems which will
help OEMs meet regulatory requirements.
Suresh KV continued: “ESC is a
proven safety technology that has been mandated across a number of global
markets. It also provides a building block on which a number of integrated
safety systems are based. Studies have shown that ESC can lead to substantial
reductions in crashes, deaths and serious injuries.”
“ZF is today a worldwide
leader in ESC, having launched its first generation in 2002. It now has
development and manufacturing capabilities in all major global regions with
plans to localize in India”, he added.
As a part of its commitment to
safety, ZF India recently kicked off its ‘Safety Bunny’ campaign which aims to
educate 10,000 plus children between 5-10 years old about the fundamentals of
road safety. The Safety Bunny initiative aims to raise children’s awareness of
the dangers that road traffic presents and to teach them basic practices such
as how to safely cross the road or to always buckle their seat belts. This is
accomplished through courses teaching the basics of road safety with
interactive quizzes and learning games.
All of ZF’s initiatives are
directed towards achieving ‘Vision Zero’, a world with Zero Accidents &
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