As of 31 March 2018, all new types of cars in the European Union will have to be equipped with eCall. Once installed in a vehicle, this technology dials automatically the European emergency number 112 in case of a severe accident and sends crucial data to the emergency services, such as the precise location of the incident. The service can be provided either by a public authority (112 based eCall) or by a private company (Third Party Service).
EENA welcomes this considerable improvement for public safety and hopes for an effective implementation of this legislation. “After a big effort of all stakeholders, we are glad to see eCall coming to reality” said Cristina Lumbreras, technical director at EENA.
It is estimated that eCall will speed up emergency response times by 40% in urban areas and 50% in the countryside, which will result in reducing the number of fatalities by at least 4% and severe injuries by 6% (“The interoperable EU-wide eCall“, European Commission).
In this context, EENA would like to congratulate the European institutions for their lead on this matter and now hopes that similar efforts will be put on other life-saving technologies in the near future.
EENA has also just released a newly-updated EENA Committee Document on eCall (eCall and Open Issues). As well as aiming to assemble all the available information on eCall, the document highlights the still open issues. EENA’s recommendations to stakeholders regarding eCall implementation are also included.