Europe News: BMW and Bavarian Red Cross develop end-to-end eCall system

Europe News:  BMW and Bavarian Red Cross develop end-to-end eCall system

BMW and the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) have developed a prototype of an eCall emergency rescue system featuring continuous data transmission.

Following an accident, a call – generated either automatically or by one of the vehicle's occupants pressing a button – transmits precise details of the vehicle's location to an emergency rescue centre.

The emergency rescue centre communicates with the vehicle if possible, and alerts a paramedic, ambulance team or helicopter. The eCall prototype then automatically transmits directions to the scene of the accident, relaying this information wirelessly to the navigation system in the rescuers' vehicle.

Project Manager Dr Hans-Jörg Vögel of BMW Group Forschung und Technik said: “As vehicle manufacturers, we are involved in researching and developing active and passive safety systems. Since emergency call technology is such an important part of this, we decided to join forces with the emergency rescue centre in Straubing to develop this prototype.”

Practical implementation of this solution follows on from the Global System for Telematics (GST) research project co-funded by the EU, in which 49 partners spent three years establishing the specifications for an open telematics architecture.

The aim of the project, which was completed earlier this year and included automatic eCall technology as one of its subprojects, was to promote improved inter-vehicle networking. The partners are currently looking ahead to the next stage in the project, involving Europe-wide field trials.

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