MEPs give the green light to eCall
Publication date: 26 February 2014
MEPs gave their full support for the mandatory introduction of eCall today. This lifesaving technology will be mandated by legislation in all new vehicles, as demanded by the FIA, after nearly ten years of hesitations and delay. Voluntary commitment to eCall by vehicle manufacturers and the Commission dates back to 2004. Since then, up to 25,000 lives that could have been saved in traffic accidents, had eCall implementation been addressed as a priority. The FIA congratulates the Parliament for its ongoing commitment to improving road safety by supporting eCall.
In the vote, clear instruction was also given to the Commission to begin work on an open-access, secure and standardised telematics platforms, which is the only real guarantee that the development of in-vehicle telematics will not be done to the detriment of motorists.
“Today’s vote reasserts the European Parliament’s commitment to life-saving technologies that will improve European road safety. Too many lives are still lost on European roads, there should be no additional delay in eCall deployment. Once this technology becomes standard in cars, it will open the door for more sophisticated connected car applications.” said Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General. He continued, “The European Council must now vote on eCall, and I urge them, as well, to endorse the mandate for the Commission to begin working on secure, open and standardised telematics platforms. This will ensure the best outcome for consumers with connected vehicles.”
The FIA welcomes additional provisions on data protection. In our view, any development of telematics should respect three key principles: data protection, consumer free choice and free competition in the aftermarket. While we specifically welcome the thorough assessment of data protection issues within the eCall system, we are disappointed that the safeguards introduced are not as sound for Third Party Services, which actually gather the vast majority of personal data including driving habits and style, location and so on.
While some discussions in Council and Parliament indicate that there could be additional delay, the FIA calls on the Member States to carefully ensure that all new vehicle types are equipped with eCall by 2015. Each additional year of delay in implementing this legislation, will mean the loss of up to 2,500 lives.
Notes to the editors:
The FIA’s three consumer principles for consumer 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
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.
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I office
FIA Region I represents 112 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its Brussels office, which total more than 38 million members. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists. The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind, our work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.
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