eCall - Automated emergency call for serious road accidents
In 2011, 28 000 persons were killed and 1.5 million were injured on EU roads. When an accident happens, every minute counts to rescue injured victims. The eCall technology has great potential to save lives in shortening dramatically the time of intervention of emergency services and this across the EU.
eCall Stakeholder Meeting - Brussels, 26.11.2013
In June 2013 the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on the eCall in-vehicle system . In the framework of this Regulation, the Commission is now launching the preparatory work for a delegated act containing the detailed technical specifications for this system.
With this in mind, a stakeholders’ meeting took place in Brussels on 26 November 2013 in order to hear the views of the different stakeholders interested in the eCall in-vehicle system on the main issues linked to eCall and to its integration in the vehicle type-approval system.
To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents across the EU, on 13 June 2013 the European Commission adopted two proposals to ensure that, by October 2015, cars will automatically call emergency services in case of a serious crash. The "eCall" system automatically dials 112 - Europe's single emergency number - in the event of a serious accident. It communicates the vehicle's location to emergency services, even if the driver is unconscious or unable to make a phone call. It is estimated that it could save up to 2500 lives a year.
This draft legislation will ensure that from October 2015, all new models of passenger cars and light duty vehicles would be fitted with 112 eCall and the necessary infrastructure would be created for the proper receipt and handling of eCalls in emergency call response centres - ensuring the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of the EU-wide eCall service. More detailed information is provided in the press release and in the "112 eCall – Frequently Asked Questions".
The Commission adopted two pieces of legislation to help create and implement the system.