European eCall app launched by Ford

While the newapp is primarily available as a servicing locator it also boasts a number of safety provisions including alerting emergency services in the event of a major collision.

Using GPS, the app can identify the location of an accident anywhere in Europe and connect to the emergency services through the Ford Helpline. The app also provides first aid tips, including how to rescue someone from a vehicle and correctly place them in the recovery position, and safety instructions for what to do at the scene of an accident.

The service app allows the user to:

·         Connect to the Ford Assistance Helpline in an emergency, using GPS to provide a location anywhere in Europe;

·         Create a ‘damage report’, which can generate a PDF report at the scene of an accident;

·         Locate the nearest Ford dealer within the UK, providing an address, contact number and option to book a vehicle service;

·         Identify international traffic signs and rules when driving abroad, and the function of vehicle warning lamps on the instrument panel. It also includes a Ford Technology guide with videos explaining Ford vehicle technologies;

·         Browse Ford’s range of vehicle accessories;

·         Find out more about Ford’s BlueService package, including Motorcraft 4+;

·         Create a road trip or holiday checklist of what is required while travelling, including a ‘Park Me’ feature, which logs the location of where a vehicle is parked, and tracks the time elapsed since a parking ticket was issued.

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