European eCall platform will boost eCall deployment across Europe

European eCall platform will boost eCall deployment across Europe

The platform will further develop the previous work accomplished by the eCall Driving Group, PSAPs Expert Group and the European Standardisation Organisation.

Participants, including representatives of the European Commission, Member States, industry and other major stakeholders have agreed that ERTICO will chair the platform for a period of two years, supported by a vice chair, which should be a Member State with a one-year mandate. Finland, being the first Member State to sign the MoU, was designated to assume the role of vice chair.

A series of tasks will be co-ordinated to ensure progress on the implementation of eCall across Europe as well as efficient and harmonised deployment of the service. The Platform should allocate responsibilities, adopt decisions by consensus at its plenary meetings and organise campaigns to increase European citizens' awareness of eCall.

The pan-European in-vehicle emergency call system, eCall, automatically calls the nearest Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in the event of a serious traffic accident. The system will send a minimum set of data (MSD) related to the accident location, time and direction of the vehicle.

Estimates indicate that 2,500 lives could be saved in the EU every year and 15% of serious injuries avoided if all European cars were equipped with eCall.

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