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Today, June 21st, Bosch opened the proving ground for a new facility in Donghai, Jiangsu province, China.

The test plant will be used for year-round testing for the active safety systems, including the powerful driver assistance systems for vehicles and motorcycles, the ESP electronic stability program and the ABS antilock braking system.

“Even now, every fifth passenger car made in China has the ESP® anti-skid system on board”, says Gerhard Steiger, the president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division: “By 2015, this will be every third passenger car.”

The company will invest 73 million euro in the new testing facility by 2017, which will cover an area of 1.4 million square meters or 200 soccer fields. Automaker will have access to the new test track which is assigned to Bosch’s Chassis Systems Control division, which develops and produces systems and components for passive and active safety and also driver assistance systems.

Yesterday, June 20th, Bosch announced it has signed a deal with Japan’s GS Yuasa International and Mitsubishi to jointly develop next-generation lithium-ion batteries. The three companies will set up a joint venture for the research and development of next-generation lithium-ion batteries, but which will also to provide marketing and sales support for the three parent companies.