Brussels, 27th August 2004
Commission, ACEA and ERTICO sign Memorandum of Understanding on introduction of eCall for road crash victims across Europe
Today, Mr. Fabio Colasanti, Director-General at the European Commission’s Information-Society Directorate-General, signed together with the representatives of two other major stakeholders, ACEA and ERTICO, a Memorandum of Understanding that aims at realising an interoperable, pan-European in-vehicle emergency call, eCall. The MoU, which is soon expected to be signed by other industrial and public sector stakeholders, provides for a solid basis for the partners to actively contribute to the development and implementation of the eCall in potentially all new vehicles sold in Europe.
In-vehicle emergency calls (eCall) have the potential to greatly reduce the number of fatalities, severity of injuries and stress in post-crash situations, by speeding up the response of the emergency services.
eCall can be initiated manually or automatically after a crash. It passes relevant information of the accident, including its accurate location, to the emergency services (the Public Service Answering Point). Realising the importance of eCall, the Commission proposed joint Public-Private sector actions for the introduction of eCall in its eSafety Communication in September 2003. Later that year, an industry-led group was established, called the eCall Driving Group. The group has produced a basic framework architecture and business plan for eCall implementation. To move ahead, a parallel commitment and joint effort by the stakeholders is needed.
In signing the MoU, Mr. Colasanti stated: “The European Commission supports this step towards realisation of interoperable in-vehicle eCalls. The MoU gathers together those organisations that agree on the principles for its introduction across Europe and who thus want to accelerate its deployment. I have today signed the MoU and I would encourage all other stakeholders to sign it as soon as possible to show their own commitment to this important work.”
ACEA (Association des Constructeurs Européens d'Automobiles) represents the interests of thirteen European car, truck and bus manufacturers.
ERTICO is a not-for-profit, public/private partnership pursuing the implementation of Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) in Europe, to ensure sustainable mobility, travel satisfaction and high economic returns.