Crash, bang, buzz! New EU cars will dial for emergency help

Sep 07, 2011

The European Union is moving ahead with plans to ensure an automatic emergency call system is installed in all new cars from 2015 to save hundreds of lives on Europe's roads each year.

The eCall system to be fitted to new models of cars and light vehicles would automatically alert Europe's emergency number, 112, in the case of a serious accident, according to a European Commission plan obtained by AFP on Wednesday.

The EU's executive arm will urge member states this week to ensure mobile phone operators upgrade services to ensure eCalls reach , the proposal said.

With minutes vital to save lives in , eCall devices alert "even if the driver or passenger is unconscious or otherwise unable to call," the proposal said.

The technology, estimated at less than 100 euros per car to install, can speed up the arrival of emergency workers by 40 percent in urban areas and 50 percent in the countryside.

Addressing , the system does not allow tracking because it sleeps until activated by a crash.

Moves to develop eCall have taken several years with the aim currently for it to be operational in 2015 across the bloc as well as in Croatia, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland by 2015.

While a majority of member states are in favour of the system, Britain and France have failed to sign up to the scheme so far.

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Jeddy_Mctedder
1 / 5 (1) Sep 07, 2011
this system will also track your location at all times and send the police your location should they request it. ....just so you know.

also the DOT in the u.s. now requires black boxes in all u.s. cars that track and record all your speeds. and soon will also track your whereabouts.

orwell much?
Magnette
not rated yet Sep 09, 2011
this system will also track your location at all times and send the police your location should they request it. ....just so you know.

also the DOT in the u.s. now requires black boxes in all u.s. cars that track and record all your speeds. and soon will also track your whereabouts.

orwell much?


Really?

From the article....
"Addressing privacy concerns, the system does not allow tracking because it sleeps until activated by a crash."

Did you know that most engine management ecu's in modern cars already hold snapshots of that data (except location unless you have factory sat-nav) and can be recalled if necessary after an accident? None of it is new tech, they're just being more upfront about how the data is procurred.