The European parliament has voted in favour of regulation that will make eCall tracking devices compulsory from 31 March 2018 and fitted as standard into every model of car and small van. The devices will automatically alert the emergency services in the event of an accident, and communicate a vehicle’s exact location, the time of an incident and the direction of travel. The eCall proposals have previously been delayed by privacy concerns. The European Commission has said that information will only leave the car in the event of a severe accident and will not be stored longer than necessary.

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