Fitting standard ESP to all new cars could save 2500 lives per year
29 June 2005

A report in this week’s Autocar has concluded that fitting stability control systems - such as Bosch’s market-leading ESP system – as standard to all new cars could save 20,000 lives in Europe and 2500 in the UK alone between now and 2010.

ESP was first fitted to a production car a decade ago, an electronic control to regulate speed and braking of a vehicle when it starts to skid, and recent research by Volkswagen found an incredible 35 per cent reduction in fatal accidents in cars equipped with ESP.

Road accidents are the leading cause of death and disability in the UK for people aged five to 40 - more than 3,500 people die on British roads each year – yet at the end of last year just 20 per cent of new cars sold in the UK were fitted with stability control.

Now Autocar and are joining forces to raise awareness of the benefits of stability systems and discourage the suggestion that their presence harms on-road performance. ' If the government campaigned for it to be standard equipment, ESP has the potential to save as many lives as the seatbelt,' says Autocar editor Rob Aherne.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK