Twelve major Chinese car brands announced their decision to fit all new models with the lifesaving anti-skid technology Electronic Stability Control (ESC) from January 2018 onward.
Besturn, Changan, Dongfeng Fengshen, Geely, Haval, Hongqi, Lynk & Co, MG, Trumpchi, Roewe, Senova and Wey collectively represent 85 percent of the Chinese manufacturer market, made the announcement at the launch of Stop the Crash China, which took place in Shanghai. It also promoted a range of vehicle safety technologies including ESC.
The announcement took place at Stop the Crash, which is a Global NCAP-led partnership that has been campaigning around the world to promote crash avoidance technologies. The event also featured three forms of autonomous emergency braking, motorcycle ABS and tire safety demonstrations.
ESC, an anti-skid technology that can help prevent loss of control crashes, is widely considered to be the most important car safety development since the seat belt. ESC has been mandatory in both the EU and U.S. since 2012, saving thousands of lives.
David Ward, chairman of Stop the Crash, said, “Electronic Stability Control is a vitally important life-saving technology and the Stop the Crash Partnership warmly welcomes this significant step from Chinese automakers. We are particularly delighted that it has been made during our campaign launch activities in Shanghai, helping us to raise road safety awareness with consumers across China.”
“This is a bold step by Chinese manufacturers, who have shown a real commitment to road safety by fitting this technology as standard ahead of regulatory requirements,” said Yu Kai, party secretary of China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC). “CATARC is committed to continuing to promote Stop the Crash technologies and to save lives in China.”
Previous Stop the Crash events have seen similar announcements, such as in 2016 when the Malaysian government announced its intention to legislate for the introduction of ESC on all new vehicles by June 2018. Earlier in 2016, the UN General Assembly recommended that countries legislate to introduce Stop the Crash technologies.