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Vehicles sold in Europe must include automatic emergency calling device as of 2018

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Apr 29, 2015
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    Beginning in March 2018, the European Parliament will mandate that cars and light commercial vehicles sold in the European Union must come equipped with an automatic emergency calling device.

    Dubbed eCall, the system is designed to automatically reach out to emergency services in the event of a collision. The system will function over a public mobile wireless communications network and will be a free addition to all new vehicles, regardless of price.

    The system is anticipated to reduce the death toll caused by motor vehicle accidents by 10 percent (or 2,500 people) each year.

    The European Parliament approved the rules on Tuesday despite some privacy concerns. Those were largely overlooked following a revision last year that would make it illegal to track a vehicle pre-crash.

    Erik Jonnaert, secretary general of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, said the decision brings Europe one step closer to making operational a system which they have been advocating since 2004.

    Naturally, not everyone is convinced it is a good idea. Parliament member Vicky Ford said installing the infrastructure for the system would eat up a huge chunk of the road safety budget yet it won’t prevent a single crash.

    Privacy advocates, meanwhile, may appreciate the fact that only a basic data set will be shared with emergency services. These include the type of vehicle involved in an accident, the type of fuel it runs on, the time of the accident, the exact location and how many passengers are involved. I’d be curious to know how that last bit of information is gathered, but I digress.

    Furthermore, collected data may not be sent to third parties without the explicit consent of the driver involved and manufacturers must design the system in a way that data can be fully and permanently deleted.

    Image via Adam Lederer, Flickr

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    That dark car which looks by far a lot lot more expensive than the little red Toyota will probably be written off by the insurance company while the Toyota will visit the local panel beater and be back on the road within a week. :D
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,513   +5,077

    Excellent idea! Could also put a stop to some hit and runs, if done right by identifying the car that is calling in.
  4. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,477   +644

    People that do hits and runs disgust me. F***** cowards should get a 5 year ban from operating a vehicle if caught and if the person you hit dies and you drive off life time ban. You can ride the bus the rest of your life.
  5. agb81

    agb81 TS Booster Posts: 79   +38

    Damn! Thats really nice.

    In my country we can't even get them car makers to sell their cars with ABS on all models.
  6. Vicky Ford ... let me guess, English and Tory, right? Weren't you leaving?

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