Automatic Emergency Calls

Improving Road Safety

Improving Road Safety

The European Parliament has decided that from October 2015, car manufacturers should be ready to install the eCall system in cars. This system will facilitate the assessment by emergency services of the extent of an accident and the required assisstance. It will allow rescuers to arrive faster and save people’s lives. What is more, the costs of stopping traffic will decrease. The eCall system will use the 112 emergency number through which all necessary information will be automatically sent by the car. According to the European Commission, each eCall device will cost about €100. However, as the system is for public use, it should be for free. The information that a car will send to the emergency services will be limited to the type of vehicle involved in the accident, fuel type, time of accident, exact location, travel direction and the number of passengers wearing seatbelts. There are already similar systems used in cars although hitherto no formal regulations were in place. In Poland, only BMW, Subaru and Skoda use such devices in their vehicles.

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