On December 10, 2014, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) endorsed an agreement with the European Parliament on type-approval requirements for fitting eCall devices in new motor vehicles. The EU- wide eCall system is designed to speed up emergency services in road accidents. The new regulation is part of a package of EU initiatives to ensure the deployment of the 112- based eCall service across Europe. On 8 May 2014, the Council already adopted a decision to introduce the mandatory eCall system
According to the regulation, new vehicles will have to be fitted with wireless devices to trigger a distress signal to the 112 emergency call number.
Vehicle owners keep the possibility to have access to third party services in addition to the 112- based eCall system. However, these additional services should not affect the functioning of the 112-based eCall in-vehicle system. It will also be a possible to trigger the emergency number 112 manually, but the manual control system should be installed in a way that prevents its accidental triggering.
The eCall devices will be compatible with the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems, but manufacturers will also have the possibility to ensure compatibility with other navigation systems.
As from 31 March 2018, car manufacturers will have to equip all new models with an in-vehicle technology that will communicate with the 112-based eCall interoperable service.
The infrastructure for the eCall system should be in place by 1 October 2017 and its use will be accessible to all consumers and free of charge.
Referring to the right to privacy and data protection, detailed technical rules will be laid down to guarantee that there is no exchange of personal data between the eCall in-vehicle system and third party systems.