In European plan, cars in a crash would auto-dial for help

Europe appears to be out in front of the United States when it comes to using IT to improve transportation and health care costs across state jurisdictions.
The European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution this week urging adoption of a law that would require all new cars be to equipped with technology to automatically contact rescue services in the event of a crash, Computerworld reported.

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The eCall system is estimated to able to speed up the response times of emergency services by 40 per cent in urban areas and by as much as 50 per cent in rural locations, according to the Touchstone Research Lab.

That would result in an estimated 2,500 lives saved a year and reduce injuries by 10 percent to 15 percent, the research firm said.

The eCall  device would automatically dial the European emergency services number, 112, in the event of a serious accident, then send data wirelessly from airbag and impact sensors as well as GPS coordinates to local emergency agencies.

The European Commission is aiming to have a fully functional eCall in place throughout the European Union  by 2015, according to

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Reader Comments

Fri, Jul 6, 2012 JimO

This technology is SO old! I worked for a company that had this for cars/vehicles in the US back in the early 1990s. It's the selling of the idea to the public (so that automakers install the feature) that is the "tough nut to crack."

Fri, Jul 6, 2012

OnStar has this feature already, so I wouldn't say they're ahead of the U.S.

Fri, Jul 6, 2012 Crawford Parrish Tullahoma, TN

Just like OnStar has been doing for the last 15 years. The Europeans are not "out in front of the United States when it comes to using IT." In reality they are just out in front when it comes to taking the freedom to choose from people as the European Parliament has been doing for years.

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