At the CeBIT technology show in Hanover slated from March 2 to 6, attendees will be treated to a Volkswagen demonstration on how eCall, Europe's emergency call system, works in real-life situations. VW will coordinate with officials from its home state, Lower Saxony, to establish the technological infrastructure for an eCall pilot project.
Michael Nitsche, a manager for the project, said that the new receivers will be able to process signals from both the American Global Positioning System (GPS) and Galileo, the future European satellite navigation system. Nitsche added that this compatibility ensures exact positioning data and optimum availability."
The European Commission has noble plans for the ECall, which it believes will cut road deaths to 25,000 by this year. In 2008 in Europe, there were over 1.2 million accidents, which resulted to about 39,000 deaths and more than 1.7 million injuries. The Commission expects the system to save about 2,500 lives a year.
That's why it is adamant on installing the eCall in all new cars sold in Europe during this decade. The system had been scheduled to go on online in 2009 but was delayed for a year due to the high cost of establishing the communications infrastructure to allow eCall to work properly.
It appears now that eCall won´t be fully implemented in Europe until 2014. The system works by automatically calling 112 (Europe's single emergency number) when the car is in an accident. The location is sent to the nearest emergency service. A voice call also will be triggered; this enables operators to talk to the car's passengers and gauge the severity of a crash.