European Parliament approves automatic emergency call system in vehicles
Today the European Parliament approved a Regulation requiring installation of “eCall” systems in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. From April 2018 onward, all new vehicle types in the EU will be equipped with the automatic emergency call systems.
Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), declared:
“eCall can speed up the rescue after an accident, which will help improve road safety. The crucial aspect here is that parallel to installation in the vehicles, the rescue coordination centers will also be fitted with the equipment and prepared for eCall. That has now been taken into consideration in the new schedule.
“One especially good point for customers is that as an alternative to eCall (that dials the emergency telephone number 112), the private emergency call systems offered by the manufacturers can also still be used. These systems proved their efficacy in practice long ago and they deliver additional benefits to motorists, for example they make it possible to communicate with the helpers in the native language, even in other countries.”