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eCall to be a standard fit in Europe

9 April 2018

eCall is a service designed to provide quick emergency response in case of a road accident, anywhere in the EU. Its aim is to advance Europeans’ protection and safety, and reduce fatalities caused by road accidents, as well as related injuries and property loss.
The latest developments show that all new types (new models) of cars in the European market will be mandatorily equipped with eCall technology from 31 March 2018 onwards. Based on the European Commission’s Impact Assessment, 100% penetration should be achieved by 2035.  Download the eCall Fact Sheet here

Auto Express comments that a unified Europe-wide outlook on vehicle safety has introduced a level of car safety that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. Over time, safety kit such as airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control have all be legislated into the construction of every new car on sale in the UK and Europe.

And this legislation isn't standing still, as autonomous emergency braking increasingly becomes a standard feature on new cars, while another strand of emergency assistance is eCall. Abbreviation of Emergency Call, eCall is a system that phones the emergency services automatically if the vehicle it's fitted to is involved in an incident or accident.  The eCall system is designed to improve emergency response times to incidents , and from April 2018 it's a pan-European standard that now has to be fitted to any new model being type approved for sale in the European market