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Friday
May162014

Mandatory automated vehicle emergency call system – "eCall" – to be launched in 2017 across the EU

Mandatory automated vehicle emergency call system – "eCall" – to be launched in 2017 across the EU

 


The Council of the European Union has ratified a decision to introduce a mandatory EU wide system to handle emergency calls, called eCall. Calls are sent automatically by cars, or can be triggered manually by vehicle passengers, in the event of a crash.

This final approval of the legislation follows an agreement which was attained at the first reading within the European Parliament. A campaign designed to promote awareness of eCall, which will be supported by the Commission, will launch before the introduction of the system. This will also explain how to use the system and how to avoid false alarms. Additionally, it will outline measures incorporated for data protection.

Originally intended to launch in 2015, Member states must now have the infrastructure to handle eCalls in place a minimum of 6 months before the type approval requirements for the in vehicle devices start to apply, and in any case no later than October 1st, 2017.

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