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« New branch in Loanhead | Main | Mandatory automated vehicle emergency call system – "eCall" – to be launched in 2017 across the EU »



From 2015, the European Commission and the European Parliament plan to introduce eCall, the mandatory European 112-based emergency call system. eCall must be fitted to all new models of cars and light vehicles. The goal is to save lives and reduce the severity of injuries in road traffic accidents.
This issue is crucial for the automotive aftermarket as well: the mandatory introduction of eCall is likely to bring the underlying telematics technology into every newly type-approved passenger car. eCall in fact introduces an in-vehicle system that provides advanced vehicle telematics functions (same basic hardware and software components) that can also be used for other in-vehicle functions (consumer leisure services, but also remote diagnostics or predictive car maintenance…).
However, currently this new in-vehicle system is only accessible by vehicle manufacturers, who are therefore the only ones able to offer additional services to consumers.
FIGIEFA, the European lobbying group which protects the interests of the automotive aftermarket and it's consumers, is concerned about the threat for fair competition for consumers’ freedom of choice if no dedicated European legislation was adopted.