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26 03 2018 01

It can save lives, which is why the automatic emergency call feature – termed eCall – will be mandatory for all new car and light commercial vehicle models in the European Union from March 31, 2018.

It will therefore be integrated in future in an estimated 20 million new vehicles annually.

The aim of the eCall system is to shorten the time between an accident and the arrival of the emergency services by up to 50% throughout Europe, and reduce the number of fatalities on the road by around 10%. The automatic eCall can also prevent serious accidents from going unnoticed. In the event of an accident, eCall is used to independently send an emergency call to the emergency call centre via the mobile network. Details such as the location, the precise time of the accident, the number of passengers and the type of fuel are transmitted.

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