While it is always better late than sorry, Europe has finally decided to join United States and Canada in making ESP (Electronic Stability Program) a mandatory feature in all cars that are on sale come 1st November. Any light goods vehicle that are under 3,500kg are to be sold with ESP as standard too.
This is excellent news according to Bosch, who is the market leader for ESP systems in the automotive industry because the company claims to have saved an estimated 6,000 lives and 190,000 accidents since the ESP’s introduction. While the numbers might seem exaggerated, we should not doubt them since they have already installed more than 100 million such programs since 1995.
Currently, around 59 percent of all vehicles under 3.5 tons sold around the world comes standard with ESP. Other than Europe, United States and Canada, all cars sold in Australia and Israel also comply with the need for ESP to be fitted as standard.