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eCall in-vehicle system automatically dials 112 in the event of a serious road accident

The aim is to save lives and reduce the severity of injuries

  • April 03, 2018 18:30
  • Author Olya Georgieva
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Reducing road deaths and the consequences of injuries have long been one of the European Parliament’s priorities. MEPs passed the eCall deployment legislation on 28 April 2015. Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes will have to be fitted to all new models of cars and light vans as of 31 March.

The eCall system will help to increase the safety of road users by significantly reducing the arrival time of rescue services in the event of a major accident. With eCall, emergency services' response time will be reduced by 50% in rural areas and 40% in urban areas, leading to a reduction of fatalities estimated at up to 1500 saved lives per year. Both member states and manufacturers have been given enough time to prepare infrastructure and technologies, so that the eCall will start to work immediately to deliver its major benefit - to increase the safety of citizens traveling anywhere in Europe

Source: Europarl

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