The eCall auto-emergency call system has begun to operate from 1 April. According to information from the Ministry of Transport, from now on, automakers would be required to install onboard systems into all new passenger car models and trucks capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes for the European market.
The eCall system is to reduce the time between announcing that the accident has occurred and arriving rescue units in place.
The vehicle has a GNSS unit with a built-in SIM card and voice mail. Pressing the SOS button or in the case of automatic activation of the vehicle impact sensors will trigger an alarm, and the car will automatically transfer the necessary data to the emergency call center of the integrated rescue system, calling it to 112.
The crew will then communicate with the operating officer who assesses the situation and sends needs to the rescue component. If the crew does not respond in the case of auto-activation of eCall during the telephone connection, the operations officer will assess the situation for serious injury and send help.
"According to statistics, five to ten people die in the Czech Republic a year because of their serious injuries in a car accident, they are unable to call for help and there's no witness of an accident to help them, especially the accidents on the busy roads in the night hours. In the case of heavy injuries, every minute determines how serious the consequences will be on the health of the participant in the accident. These losses are not read directly in the statistics, but they can play a crucial role in the lives of the injured, "said Besip Director Chief Tomáš Neřold.