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European Parliament and EU member states agreed on mandatory installation of ‘eCall’, a system for sending automated emergency calls from cars in the event of a crash.

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The deal requires new models of car launched in the EU from 31 March 2018 to be fitted with the system.

Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said:
“Getting emergency services to the scene of a crash quickly is crucial to preventing deaths. So this technology will save lives. However, it’s regrettable that it will be several years before we see all new cars fitted with the system and that other vehicles aren’t covered by the legislation yet. These are missed opportunities to extend the safety benefits further, with little or no justification.

Jeannot Mersch, FEVR president said:

We could have had this agreement sooner, years of discussions and amendments delay many European Directives.  Discussions about data protection, even if necessary, sometimes seem to have priority about measures  that save lifes an reduce injuries. Nevertheless we want to thank all who contributed to move forward on this important topic, especially rapporteur MEP  forOlga Sehnalova (S&D, CZ)

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