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eCall testing campaign starts

With eCall becoming mandatory in new vehicles in March 2018, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched a testing campaign.

The Commission Delegated Regulation 2017/79 [1] on eCall comes into force on 31 March 2018, and the GSA has launched a testing campaign, inviting all interested eCall device manufacturers to have their eCall products using the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS) and Galileo tested on their compatibility with the Regulation.

This campaign is already running in the EU GNSS testing labs at the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) at Ispra, Italy. It has set-up a laboratory test-bed for eCall testing, including a suite of test scenarios to evaluate the performance of the eCall devices under test. The recent completion of the first batch of testing sessions on various samples of eCall devices has made it possible to fine-tune the eCall laboratory test-bed and the suite of scenarios used in the GNSS simulator.

eCall is an emergency call that can be generated either manually by vehicle occupants or automatically by activation of in-vehicle sensors when a serious road accident occurs. When activated, the in-vehicle system establishes a 112/999-voice connection directly with the relevant Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

Even if no occupant is able to speak due to injuries, a ‘Minimum Set of Data’ (MSD) is sent to the PSAP, which includes location, triggering mode (automatic or manual), vehicle identification number, time-stamp and recent location history. The manual option also allows witnesses of accidents to report the precise location for emergency responders.

Further details at the links below . .

  • 15 January 2018
  • RIN

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