Technology.am (Aug. 22, 2009) — Now Car makers could be forced to install ‘eCall device’ technology into new European cars by 2014. Even though 15 countries have given it their backing, some countries are not ready to commit, but Commission have a plan for introducing the eCall system in all new vehicles across Europe by 2014, starting from next year.
In case of an accident, the eCall device in the car would automatically call emergency services in the event of a crash. Even if no voice connection can be established, a set of data is transmitted to the rescue service via the call. This data includes the exact geographic location of the accident.
The eCall device can save the lives of people who are unconscious or confused about their location after an accident. It is estimated that the system could save 2,500 lives annually.