posted 5 years ago

Crashed Vehicles To Automatically Call For Help

How eCall Works

From 2015, the European Commission wants new vehicles to automatically contact the emergency services if they crash. How? Via “eCall”. So, imagine a scenario: a vehicle crashes and the impact is registered by a sensor. This could be linked to the deployment of an air-bag. The system therefore reports the incident to the emergency services via the European Emergency Number (112). At the same time, it passes-on the time of the collision, the location as calculated by satellites/phone signal, and the direction the car was travelling. This, of course, is most relevant if it is in a tunnel or on a motorway. The call centre worker can then reassure the victim that help is on the way by talking to him through the vehicle's speakers. Alternatively, a motorist might activate the system manually via a button if he has a heart attack, stroke, fit, etc. - or the switch could be pressed by a passenger or passer-by. However, the eCall system will not necessarily automatically respond to low-speed impacts caused by (say) parking errors - so emergency workers will not be called to every incident. This system will mimic similar concepts in Russia and North America called “RA-GLONASS” and “OnStar”, respectively.

European Commission Vice-President Discusses eCall

Antonio Tajani, The European Commission Vice-President, said: "The deployment of an interoperable EU-wide eCall system is an important progress in road safety.” He added: “EU citizens can be reassured by this time and life-saving system which will help prevent loss of lives and injuries on our roads. He concluded: “It is also an important step forward to make our vehicles more intelligent and enhance our competitiveness.”

Benefits of eCall System

The eCall system will be fitted to new cars/light duty vehicles and operate throughout the European Union, plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. The main benefit will be that it will help the emergency services reach victims faster. In fact, it is thought it will speed-up response times by forty percent in urban areas and fifty percent in the county - and that could save two-thousand five-hundred lives per-year. Furthermore, emergency teams will be able to secure crash sites sooner which should reduce the risk of secondary accidents. The eCall system might also have other benefits such as allowing the authorities to trace stolen cars. It could even reduce thefts. Finally, industry will benefit as numerous companies will be involved with creating/operating this important network.

Ok if only activated in a crash but sounds like it will be used to monitor your every move and speed and may automatically send you a fine?big brother is watching you. I thought we did not ID cards as it was against our human rights this is even worse you will not even be able to move without the government knowing where you are and god no's who else.

So, they want all our cars to be fitted with a location GPS system that will tell some central database where everyone is and has been at every moment? How nice! And nobody complaints about that? If the system is for crashes, it should be completely deactivated until the crash occurs, but that is NOT the case, especially with BMWs at the moment! BMW can even disable your car remotely! Would you buy a car that a hacker, government, (council?), etc can turn off for whatever reason (e.g. forgetting to pay your road tax?). What they are going to think next, a chip in our brain, in case we need medical emergency? :D

BMW already have a similar system - But it doesn't work most of the time, at least for me. For it to report a accident it needs to have a mobile data signal - Despite numerous complaints to BMW they have never fixed mine from new. It takes it 20 miles or 35mins typically before it locks onto a data signal. I appreciate there is no signal everywhere which is a small problem but even when driving through areas of good coverage the BMW system fails to get a signal if it wasn't present when you started the car. I wonder how many BMW owners think they are protected but it just doesn't always work. BMW did try another similar car 2012 5 series and that behaved exactly the same - so it appears its a design fault, but try and get them to fix it !!!!