eCall mandatory from 1 April
The in-vehicle system to automatically call emergency services in the event of an accident must be installed in new vehicles from today.
The eCall system - comprising GNSS, inertial sensors and mobile comms - is designed to bring rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the EU.
In the event of a crash, an eCall-equipped vehicle automatically calls the nearest emergency centre. Even if no passenger is able to speak due to injuries, a 'minimum set of data' is sent, which includes the location of the crash site. Hence, shortly after an accident, emergency services should know that there has been an accident and its location.
It is claimed that eCall cuts emergency services response time down to 50% in the countryside and 60% in built-up areas - and these quicker response times will save hundreds of lives in the EU every year. Also, the severity of injuries will be considerably reduced in tens of thousands of cases.
An eCall can also be made by pushing a button inside the vehicle. Hence, a witness to an accident can report it and automatically give the precise location. eCall is normally dormant in the vehicle and hence does not allow vehicle tracking outside emergencies.
In April 2015, the European Parliament approved eCall regulation, which required all new cars be equipped with eCall technology from 1 April 2018. The infrastructure is already seamlessly functioning throughout Europe, including UK, in which both the European '112' and UK's '999' will remain as emergency numbers.
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