European Parliament approves introduction ecall system




ECall, an automatic emergency alarm system that warns of serious accidents involving a car, from March 31, 2018 mandatory for new cars. The European Parliament has decided this on Tuesday.

In March the EU member states had already agreed to the mandatory introduction of eCall for new vehicles coming onto the market from March 31, 2018. On Tuesday, the European Parliament also approved the introduction of eCall. Thus the introduction of the warning is a fact. Three years after the introduction ecall should also be mandatory for buses and trucks.

ECall automatically captures contact 112 as a car accident. This is indicated on the basis of collision sensors and the unfolding of the airbag. According to proponents of the system is ecall particularly useful in sparsely populated areas, as there is often no bystanders to alert the emergency services. The EU estimates that the system could save 2500 lives per year, approximately 10 percent of the total number of fatalities in the EU. The cost for an eCall system is estimated at around € 100 per car.

The EU emphasizes that the privacy of the introduction of ecall guaranteed. So may collected data ecall by rescuers not be resold. Manufacturers must also promise that all the data collected by ecall is completely and permanently removed. Furthermore, only basic information is collected, such as vehicle type, fuel type, the time of an accident and its precise location.


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