As of 31 March 2018, absolutely all cars that want to be introduced into the European market will have to be equipped with a safety system called ecall. This safety system is also known as roadside emergency call. It is worth noting that until now this was a technology that was relegated to the background by simplistic car brands; it was simply seen as an optional extra in our vehicle’s equipment. Unlike premium brands where it is now a standard part of both passive and active safety systems in our cars.
What is the Ecall security system?
As we have already mentioned, it is known as a roadside emergency alarm system; a completely wireless communication device that uses sensors and radars. It is also aided by navigation antennas in order to effectively and quickly locate the exact location of our car. Once it has our exact location, it sends an emergency message to the 112 number after the accident has occurred.
In Chile, it is estimated that this new safety measure could save around 2,500 lives a year. The importance of this measure lies in the fact that it shortens the response time of the authorities in the event of an accident or any other type of incident on the road. It should also be noted that, for the time being, this only applies to small, so-called conventional cars, but an extension to other cars, such as the so-called “conventional” cars, will be possible at a later stage:
- Both light and heavy commercial vehicles.
How does this security system work?
In the event of an accident, the Ecall safety system detects whether the airbags have been deployed, and if this is the case, the system will automatically call the emergency services.
It should be noted that thanks to geolocation, the emergency service will be able to quickly mobilise the emergency services to go to the location of the accident and rescue those affected by the event.
The Ecall safety system can also be activated manually, so that if any of the vehicle’s occupants need urgent medical attention, the competent services can help them. No matter where you are or where the accident occurs, the emergency service will be able to communicate with the people in the car in the user’s language.
It is important to make it clear that owners of a car equipped with this technology will not have to pay a percentage for its service. The manufacturers themselves will be responsible for the total extra cost. You should bear in mind that this whole system is based on the use of a SIM card, which will logically be integrated in your car. Bear in mind that this SIM card is a crucial element for the operation of this new and essential Ecall security system.
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Will our data be protected by the Ecall security system?
This is considered to be one of the most controversial questions ever, but rest assured, Ecall security systems will gradually erase unused position data. For the sake of our safety, it is prevented in any way that our car can be traced before an accident occurs.
Furthermore, the data obtained by the Ecall security system may never be passed on to third parties without the prior consent of the owner.
Could the Ecall emergency system be damaged when the accident occurs?
The answer to this question would be no, as generally all emergency call systems (whether Ecall or any other) have a separate power supply, thus ensuring that the call can be made without any problems.
It is good to note that many of the best known car brands have gone one step ahead, and know very well that providing passive safety helps them to differentiate themselves from the rest of the competitors in the market.
It should be noted that the Ecall security system has been implemented in many countries for several years:
- United Kingdom.
- United Kingdom.
The result of the introduction of this safety system was very positive, for example, in Finland in only the first year of its introduction in the market there was a 10% reduction in fatal accidents.
It should be noted that the Ecall safety system is one of the best on the car market when it comes to preventing and assisting in traffic accidents.