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EU adopts automobile emergency calling service eCall

Thursday 8 September 2011 | 14:08 CET | News
The European Commission has adopted measures to ensure that by 2015, cars will be able to dial emergency services for passengers in case of a serious accident. The Commission wants the eCall system to be fitted to all new models of cars and light vehicles from 2015. eCall automatically dials European emergency number 112 in the event of a serious accident and communicates the vehicle's location to emergency services. A Commission Recommendation adopted on 8 September, urged member states to ensure that mobile phone network operators upgrade their infrastructure so that eCalls are efficiently passed on to emergency services. The technology will speed up the arrival of emergency teams by an estimated 40 percent in urban areas and 50 percent in rural areas. The Commission's aim is for a fully functional eCall service to be in place all over the European Union (as well as Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) by 2015. An eCall can also be triggered manually by pushing a button in the car, for example by a witness to a serious accident. The system is estimated to cost less than EUR 100 per new car to install. To rule out privacy concerns, the eCall system does not allow the tracking of vehicles because it 'sleeps' and does not send any signals until it is activated by a crash.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: European Commission / European Commission
Countries: Europe
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plz tell me how it works also it functions and other details that are needded for it
harika @ 3/2/2013 - 16:05

plz tell me how the ecall system work and also its function? and necessary details of it....
lg 7089 @ 18/7/2012 - 17:43

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