By April 2018 all new car models sold in the EU will have to be equipped with an eCall
– an automatic emergency call system.
Slovenia is the first EU country to adopt this system and operators at Slovenia’s emergency response centre are already using it. According to some estimates, eCall could speed emergency response times by up to fifty percent.
“ECall is a device inserted into a car, which, in the event of an accident detects the change in speed and whether the air bag has been inflated. It sends data to emergency services, like the vehicle’s exact location, the direction the car was travelling in (which is important on a motorway, for example), how many passengers were on board, and what kind of fuel the car runs on,” says Boštjan Tavča, head of the emergency response centre.
Older vehicles shouldn’t be a problem as it should be possible to install the system at an affordable cost, probably under the driver’s seat.