Road safety loses as eCall deployment is delayed until 2017
Publication date: 15 April 2014
On 15 April, MEPs voted to approve the Council’s timeline for eCall deployment, which sets this lifesaving legislation on the path to EU wide implementation. However, FIA Region I deeply regrets the resulting significant delay of eCall’s operational launch. In the proposal approved today, Member States are expected to be ready no later than 1 October 2017, with earlier implementation highly encouraged.
“The FIA has been urging policy makers to follow through with swift implementation of eCall for ten years. While it is gratifying that the legislation is finally on its way, we are still dismayed about the delay until 2017 for implementation,” said Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of FIA Region I. He continued, “We now call on the Council to work quickly on vehicle type approval to ensure that we get the full benefit of eCall legislation, including speedy implementation of an open, secure, standardised platform.”
Notes to the editors:
What is eCall?
eCall, an electronic safety system that automatically calls emergency services in the case of a serious car accident, is ready to be deployed across Europe. Even if you are unconscious, the system will inform rescue workers of the crash site's exact location, and the ambulance will be on its way within minutes. The European Commission estimates that eCall will save up to 2,500 lives in Europe every year, and reduce the severity of injuries and trauma in tens of thousands of cases.
eCall will also increase the speed and penetration of connected car technologies. As such the FIA endorses open, secure, standardised telematics platforms. To protect consumers, the FIA has also developed three principles for data protection with connected cars:
- Data Protection: consumers should own all data generated by their vehicle, get clear information about the data gathered and its potential use and be free to share it with service providers of their choice
- Consumers’ free choice: consumers should have the right to choose from a variety of safe product functionalities and services
- Fair Competition: to ensure consumers free choice a fair aftersales market is needed to allow innovation and a variety of service offers
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