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ESV History

A brief history of the ESV Conference
The United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Office of Vehicle Safety is the official Government agency responsible for the implementation of the International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV) held every two years at a venue agreed upon by the participating Government Focal Points (GFPs).

The Conference is hosted by an ESV member country selected in advance by the GFPs representing the participating Governments' transportation organizations. ESV attendees include members of Governments, automobile manufacturers and their suppliers, safety researchers and other motor vehicle safety professionals, medical, insurance, legal and policy professionals, consumers, academia, students, and international media.

Origins
The ESV Program originated in 1970 under the NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society, and was implemented through bilateral agreements between the Governments of the United States, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Sweden. The participating nations agreed to develop experimental safety vehicles to advance state-of-the-art technology in automotive engineering and to meet periodically to exchange information on their progress. Since its inception, the number of international partners has grown to include the Governments of Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, Hungary, Poland, the Republic of Korea, and two international organizations - the European Commission, and the European Enhanced Vehicle-Safety Committee.

Evolution
In 1971 the Conference was known as the International Technical Conference on Experimental Safety Vehicles. Over time, the focus of the conference shifted from concentration on the development of experimental safety vehicles to broader issues of safety and international cooperation seeking reductions in motor vehicle fatalities and injuries. These issues include program advances in areas such as Pedestrian Safety, Frontal and Side Impact Protection, Biomechanics, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Vehicle Compatibility. In 1991, the participating governments agreed to change the name of the Conference to "The International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles" to reflect the current focus. The 14th ESV Conference, held in Munich, Germany, in May 1994, was the first conference in which the new name was used, and "25 Years of ESV Development" was celebrated.
           


The 21st ESV Conference in June 2009 hosted by Germany had a record-breaking array of participants as more than 1000 people gathered in Stuttgart, Germany over the 4-day program. The organizers arranged a historic retrospective of early experimental safety vehicles developed in the 1970s through the bilateral agreements.

The 22nd ESV Conference held in Washington, D.C. showcased emerging real-world technologies to advance vehicle safety. For the first time, attendees were able to experience the potential benefits of these technologies through actual vehicle "Ride and Drive" demonstrations by the manufacturers. Over 40 technical exhibitors provided attendees a firsthand experience of current and future safety innovations.

Participants experienced numerous highpoints at the most recent ESV conference held in Gothenburg, Sweden, June 8-11, 2015. Our host provided a unique opportunity and forum for the exchange of ideas and the strengthening of global collaboration in improving vehicle safety technologies and standards. Growth of the automotive industry in Europe has brought new partners in pursuit of enhancing global vehicle safety. The conference organizers initiated a scientific peer-review process that recognized outstanding technical papers; giving further prestige to world class authors.

Future
After more than 40 years, ESV continues to keep pace with technical innovation to find new opportunities for advancing safety. A hallmark of the ESV Program continues to be the technical agenda where presentations that are shared are considered to be at the leading edge of vehicle safety exploration. As ESV approaches its fifth decade, the organizers continue to strive to present participants with the latest achievements in the field of motor vehicle safety.

The 25th ESV Conference venue is Detroit, Michigan, United States, June 5-8, 2017. The host is making preparations to welcome your participation and offer you an informative and inspiring vehicle safety experience. We look forward to your participation at this event.

Nathaniel Beuse
Government Focal Point Chairman
Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research

Tim Johnson
Director, NHTSA Vehicle Research and Test Center
General Chair, 2017 ESV Conference
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International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles (ESV)




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NHTSA Organizing Committee

Nhtsa Organizing Committee

ESV Government Focal
Point Chairman
Nathaniel Beuse
Associate Administrator
for Vehicle Safety Research

Nhtsa Organizing Committee

ESV General Chair
Tim Johnson
Director. Vehicle
Research and Test Center

Nhtsa Organizing Committee

Lead Technical Advisor
Stephen A. Ridella
Director, Office of Defect Investigations

Nhtsa Organizing Committee

Technical Advisor
Cem Hatipoglu
Director, Office of Vehicle Crash Avoidance & Electronic Controls Research

Nhtsa Organizing Committee

Technical Advisor
Stephen Summers
Chief, Office of Structures & Restraints Research

Nhtsa Organizing Committee

Technical Advisor
Riley Garrott
Chief, Office of Applied Crash Avoidance

Nhtsa Organizing Committee

Technical Advisor
Chris Monk
Chief, Office of HF/Engineering Integration

Nhtsa Organizing Committee

Technical Advisor
Robert Kreeb
Chief, Office of Intelligent Technologies Research


 

  Testimonials

      
"Really great conference".
"A great opportunity to engage with both industry, government, and other academics For me as a student the ESV has been a great and impressive experience. I learned a lot and would be happy to go to the next ESV as well".
"Great having the global governments and industry players all represented, especially in this time of evolutionary change".
"This was the first time I attended and presented my study at ESV. Preparation, meeting researchers from various countries and technical tour were great experiences for me".
"I personally loved the conference, both at a technical and personal level. I am looking forward to Detroit '17".
"Very well organized and provided time and space for informal meetings and networking".
"Excellent plenary session - a perfect start of the conference".
"Very good exhibition. The closeness of the presentation rooms, the exhibition and break area was excellent".
"Very well organized and well-staffed".
"The ESV Conference app was excellent".
"Altogether a very successful event in 2015".
"Looking forward to join in 2017". Thank you.
"Really great conference".
"A great opportunity to engage with both industry, government, and other academics For me as a student the ESV has been a great and impressive experience. I learned a lot and would be happy to go to the next ESV as well".
"Great having the global governments and industry players all represented, especially in this time of evolutionary change".
"This was the first time I attended and presented my study at ESV. Preparation, meeting researchers from various countries and technical tour were great experiences for me".
"I personally loved the conference, both at a technical and personal level. I am looking forward to Detroit '17".
"Very well organized and provided time and space for informal meetings and networking".
"Excellent plenary session - a perfect start of the conference".
"Very good exhibition. The closeness of the presentation rooms, the exhibition and break area was excellent".
"Very well organized and well-staffed".
"The ESV Conference app was excellent".
"Altogether a very successful event in 2015".
"Looking forward to join in 2017". Thank you.
"Really great conference".
"A great opportunity to engage with both industry, government, and other academics For me as a student the ESV has been a great and impressive experience. I learned a lot and would be happy to go to the next ESV as well".
"Great having the global governments and industry players all represented, especially in this time of evolutionary change".
"This was the first time I attended and presented my study at ESV. Preparation, meeting researchers from various countries and technical tour were great experiences for me".
"I personally loved the conference, both at a technical and personal level. I am looking forward to Detroit '17".
"Very well organized and provided time and space for informal meetings and networking".
"Excellent plenary session - a perfect start of the conference".
"Very good exhibition. The closeness of the presentation rooms, the exhibition and break area was excellent".
"Very well organized and well-staffed".
"The ESV Conference app was excellent".
"Altogether a very successful event in 2015".
"Looking forward to join in 2017". Thank you.
"Really great conference".
"A great opportunity to engage with both industry, government, and other academics For me as a student the ESV has been a great and impressive experience. I learned a lot and would be happy to go to the next ESV as well".
"Great having the global governments and industry players all represented, especially in this time of evolutionary change".
"This was the first time I attended and presented my study at ESV. Preparation, meeting researchers from various countries and technical tour were great experiences for me".
"I personally loved the conference, both at a technical and personal level. I am looking forward to Detroit '17".
"Very well organized and provided time and space for informal meetings and networking".
"Excellent plenary session - a perfect start of the conference".
"Very good exhibition. The closeness of the presentation rooms, the exhibition and break area was excellent".
"Very well organized and well-staffed".
"The ESV Conference app was excellent".
"Altogether a very successful event in 2015".
"Looking forward to join in 2017". Thank you.
"Really great conference".
"A great opportunity to engage with both industry, government, and other academics For me as a student the ESV has been a great and impressive experience. I learned a lot and would be happy to go to the next ESV as well".
"Great having the global governments and industry players all represented, especially in this time of evolutionary change".
"This was the first time I attended and presented my study at ESV. Preparation, meeting researchers from various countries and technical tour were great experiences for me".
"I personally loved the conference, both at a technical and personal level. I am looking forward to Detroit '17".
"Very well organized and provided time and space for informal meetings and networking".
"Excellent plenary session - a perfect start of the conference".
"Very good exhibition. The closeness of the presentation rooms, the exhibition and break area was excellent".
"Very well organized and well-staffed".
"The ESV Conference app was excellent".
"Altogether a very successful event in 2015".
"Looking forward to join in 2017". Thank you.