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The EU enters into force on the implementation of the eCall system

t is expected that this system could speed up emergency response time by 40 percent in urban areas and by 50 percent in rural areas.


Devdiscourse News Desk
Updated: 31-03-2018 20:33 IST
The EU enters into force on the implementation of the eCall system

Critics, though, are worried that eCall could be abused to track a car without driver's permission. (Image credit: Wikipedia)

The European Union (EU) has entered into force to require all types of new cars to have an emergency call system, the eCall system, which will automatically alert rescue services to road accidents.

The new "eCall" system uses the European single emergency telephone line 112, automatically giving news services in the event of a car accident. The system sends data about the vehicle's location and allows rescuers to quickly get into accident areas, thus saving people lives and reducing the severity of injuries.

It is expected that this system could speed up emergency response time by 40 percent in urban areas and by 50 percent in rural areas, as per TvNet.

The number of deaths in the system could, in turn, be reduced by 4 percent, but the number of serious injuries by 6 percent.

"This means that ambulances, firefighting vehicles, and police can intervene as soon as possible after a collision in a" golden hour "," said Eric Jonard, Secretary-General of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, as per TvNet.

Critics, though, are worried that eCall could be abused to track a car without driver's permission.

The latest EU information shows that in 2016, 25 000 people lost their lives on the roads in Europe, while 135 000 were seriously injured.