Twelve Chinese car makers have announced that beginning in January 2018, all new models produced in China will be fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems. ESC is an anti-skid technology that improves vehicle stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction. Loss of control is minimized by computer technology that automatically applies the brakes when skidding is detected. Many experts describe ESC as the most important safety advance in the auto industry since the seatbelt, and one of the most important crash avoidance systems available today. The technology has saved thousands of lives worldwide and will now be standard in Chinese cars being produced by Besturn, Changan, Dongfeng Fengshen, Geely, Haval, Hongqi, Lynk & Co, MG, Trumpchi, Roewe, Senova, and Wey.
The announcement took place in Shanghai, China, at the launch of Stop the Crash China. Stop the Crash is a partnership of international auto organizations that aim to promote advanced vehicle safety technologies around the world. The partnership is led by the Global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), which functions as an umbrella organization for programs worldwide that test vehicles to United Nations standards and provide consumer safety information regarding vehicles being sold in local markets. Stop the Crash focuses on four main safety technologies: Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Anti-Lock Brakes for Motorcycles (ABS), and Tire Safety.
Through live demonstrations of the technology, as well as seminars on safety, the goal of Stop the Crash is to promote the adoption of advanced crash avoidance technology in emerging automobile markets. Events have been held in Brazil, Chile, Malaysia, Thailand, and China, and includes participation by policy makers, the public, the media, and fleet managers. The participation of local partners in setting up and running the event is crucial to transferring knowledge and ensuring that vehicle safety remains a regional topic after the event is over.
The chairman of Stop the Crash expressed his hope that the announcement by the Chinese automakers would raise road safety awareness with Chinese consumers. The Chinese party secretary of the Automotive Technology and Research Center commended the manufacturers on taking the initiative to install the technology ahead of regulatory requirements. The group of twelve car makers who will make ESC standard on new models represent 85 percent of the Chinese manufacturer market. In both the European Union and the United States, ESC has been mandatory since 2012.
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