Stop the Crash

Stop the Crash

Road accidents claim more than 1.35 million lives each year and leave a further 50 million injured around the world. For some years, this figure has been growing continuously. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists make up almost half of all fatalities on the road. However, such accidents can usually be avoided.

Bosch has the vision of an accident-free mobility. One of the most important drivers for this is the automation. The company’s comprehensive portfolio and commitment throughout the entire product life cycle make Bosch a formidable partner for automated driving. Bosch has not only established itself as a development partner and systems supplier for vehicle manufacturers, but also as a partner for scientists, politicians, and various other industries. Why? Combining Bosch’s specialist knowledge from the fields of mechatronics, electronics, software development, and telematics results in truly in-depth systems expertise.

A global partnership for the promotion of life-saving driving safety systems

Figures from the WHO show that around 3,700 people lose their lives in road accidents every day, with many more still suffering serious injuries. Particularly in emerging countries, the reason for this is frequently vehicles with inadequate technical equipment, which provide road users with correspondingly inadequate protection.

Despite growth in the level of population and motorization worldwide, the UN initiative “Decade of Action for Road Safety” has helped to slow the growth in the number of fatalities on the road. However, the number of people killed or seriously injured in road accidents is continuing to rise rapidly in many countries. To counteract this trend, the United Nations has enshrined the topic of road safety in its sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Road accidents can be anticipated and avoided – or at least mitigated – by driver assistance systems and driving safety systems. Accident-prevention technologies such as the electronic stability program (ESP®) or automatic emergency braking (AEB) are able to prevent or minimize various kinds of accidents on the road.

The “Stop the Crash” initiative, in which Bosch is also actively involved to contribute to Vision Zero, was founded in November 2015 to promote these technologies. This multi-stakeholder partnership is coordinated by the Global NCAP (Global New Car Assessment Program) consumer association.

To increase road safety the initiative aims to promote the prevalence of ESP®, AEB, motorcycle antilock braking system (ABS), and tire safety. For example, the ESP® can prevent up to 80 percent of all skidding accidents. In 2020, 82 percent of all new cars worldwide already have ESP® on board. It is mainly low- and medium-income countries which show low installation rates.

To boost the installation rates of these systems and to promote the effectiveness of the various technologies, the initiative organizes, among others, driving demonstrations at events. In doing so, “Stop the Crash” is helping the UN to reach its objective of halving the 1.35 million annual fatalities on the world’s roads by 2030.

More information:

Stop the Crash – live demonstration of automatic emergency braking

Accident prevention technologies are tried-and-tested driving safety systems that Bosch has in its portfolio for years

The better a vehicle is equipped with assistance systems, the safer it will be when out on the roads. Alongside passive safety systems such as seat belts and airbags, active safety systems help to further reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on the road. They intervene before accidents occur and can thus help to avoid them.

Driving safety systems from Bosch such as the antilock braking system (ABS) and automatic emergency braking systems can save lives. Bosch accident research calculations show that in the EU alone, anti-skid protection has saved the lives of around 15,000 people by 2020 and prevented almost half a million accidents with personal injury.

Electronic stability program

Electronic stability program (ESP®)

ESP® assists drivers in practically all critical driving situations. It detects and actively counteracts skidding movements.

Automatic emergency braking

Automatic emergency braking (AEB)

AEB can detect situations where the vehicle in front is approached at critical speeds and initiate emergency braking if required.

Motorcycle antilock braking system

Motorcycle antilock braking system (ABS)

The system assists with braking by preventing the wheels from locking, promotes vehicle stability, and ensures optimum deceleration while braking.

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