Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

Publications about eCall

We are frequently getting contacted by citizens concerned that by having eCall installed in their vehicles, their location will be continuously tracked, their driving habits monitored and their private life infringed. Confusion should be avoided between the public Pan European 112 eCall that is proposed by the EC -and will be free of charge- and other private road safety systems (possibly resembling eCall) that are, or will be possibly offered under a subscription by private operators in combination with other value added services (e.g. vehicle repair after break-down or insurance). Read more
This document presents the conclusions of the Optimising ICT study into the effects of ICT on the policy process. Read more
Watch the EURONEWS video about the iMobility Challenge event Fast and curious: smart cars to reduce the dangers of driving. Read more
Discover how smart tomorrow's mobility will be and how eCall will save lifes. Listen also to the interview with F1 formula driver Nico Rosberg. Read more

Since 2009 DG CONNECT and the U.S. Department of Transportation are cooperating on research related to ICT for Transport. One of the joint working groups focuses on human machine interaction (HMI) and driver distraction. The group has now updated its report on inattention taxonomy which describes how driver behaviour and incident/accident analysis as well as design and evaluation of vehicle systems should be addressed – for the sake of better HMI and less distraction.

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Read the four EC Communications about eCall.

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The eCall Impact Assessment was made in 2010/11 to answer the question of which policy option to follow for the implementation of eCall. The assessment clearly showed that the mandatory introduction of eCall was the only way to bring eCall's benefits to the citizens. Read more

Commission Recommendation of 8 September 2011 on support for an EU-wide eCall service in electronic communication networks for the transmission of in-vehicle emergency calls based on 112 (eCalls)

Read the eCall Recommendation in any of the official languages.

The EC adopted a Recommendation addressing the EU Member States and asking them to call on the mobile network operators to set up their networks in a way that they correctly transmit automatic 112 emergency calls generated by cars (eCalls). The adoption of this Recommendation is the first step of a tripartite legislative process. Later on, legislative initiatives on the eCall device to be fitted into the cars and on the technical specifications of the emergency call centres will follow.

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Fill in the Memorandum of Understanding for Realisation of Interoperable In-Vehicle eCall and join the 136 signatories! Read more
How does a moving car without driver make you feel? Do you think replacing a real human with an auto-pilot may be a good thing? Also, did you know that in three years all new European cars will be able to call 112 themselves? This Futuris episode on advanced vehicle electronics covers two research projects improving safety on the roads: eCall/HeERO and HAVEit. Both projects are co-funded by the European Union. Read more