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MEPs discuss and vote on life-saving eCall system in all new car models

Transport25-02-2014 - 17:08
Find out more about the eCall system in our infographic

New rules to ensure that from October 2015 all new car models sold in the EU are able to dial emergency services when they are involved in a serious accident are debated by MEPs on Tuesday 25 February and voted on the following day.

How it will work: a damaged car will make a 112 emergency call (eCall) as soon as its sensors (e.g. airbag sensors) register a crash. It could also be activated manually by pushing a special button in a car. The system will automatically transmit data about location and time of a crash to the nearest emergency response centre.

Member states will have to upgrade their infrastructure so that eCalls are efficiently passed on to emergency services.

Currently, only 0.7% of all passenger vehicles in the EU are equipped with automatic emergency call systems. The eCall device is estimated to cost less than €100 per new car to install. According to estimates, it could save up to 2,500 lives a year.

REF. : 20140224IFG36863