MEPs urge eCall fitting by 2015

MEPs urge eCall fitting by 2015

All new cars in Europe should be fitted with a device that can automatically alert the emergency services in the event of a serious accent, MEPs have said.

The device, known as the eCall, alerts the EU-wide emergency number 112 in the event of a crash.

It is able to provide details of GPS positioning, allowing the crash site to be located quickly, as well as airbag and impact information.

In a move that would make road safety better - something that is sure to please car insurance providers - MEPs have backed a resolution, adopted by the Internal Market and Transport Committees, for the system to be fitted in all new cars by 2015.

They say the eCall device would speed up the arrival of emergency services and potentially save up to 2,500 lives a year. The device, which is currently only present in 0.4% of cars, would also reduce serious injury by around 15%.

Catherine Bearder, an MEP for the South East, said: "Even if you are unconscious, the system will let rescue workers know exactly where you are. The great advantage is the technology already exists and we should be taking advantage of it."

Copyright Press Association 2012