European Parliament Adopts eCall Resolution (7/3/12)
The European Parliament adopted a resolution that calls on the European Commission and the member states to make sure that the eCall system will be installed in every new vehicle by 2015. In case of a crash anywhere in the EU, vehicles equipped with the eCall system will automatically dial the European emergency number 1-1-2.
Even if passengers are unable to speak, a "minimum set of data,” including the exact location of the crash site, is sent through this system. Therefore, shortly after the accident occurs, the emergency services know where to dispatch resources.
"The message of the European Parliament is a major step toward the complete rollout of eCall in Europe. The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) is committed to support the deployment of eCall that will have a significant impact on citizens' safety,” said Olivier Paul-Morandini, president and founder of the EENA.
The eCall system will reduce the emergency services response time and thus save hundreds of lives in the EU every year, officials said. eCall will be dormant most of the time and will not allow vehicle tracking outside emergencies.
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