Human error is involved in 95% of all traffic accidents on Europe's roads, in which more than 27 000 people are killed and 1.2 million injured every year. Road transport also burns one quarter of the European Union's overall energy consumption, with one fifth of the EU's CO2 emissions caused by road vehicles. iMobility “smart” technologies, based on the powers of computers and telecoms, can make a major difference to these figures.
For example, the European Commission's eCall system saves lives by having the car automatically dial 112 – Europe's single emergency number – in case of a serious accident, thus dramatically accelerating the arrival of emergency rescue teams. eCall is to be introduced in all new models of passenger cars and light-duty vehicles, and will be supported across the EU as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland by 2018. This and other examples can be found in the Intelligent Car section of this site.