DEKRA Selected to Test, Approve eCall Technology
Monday, November 27, 2017 | Comments

DEKRA was selected to fully test and approve eCall technology. Beginning in 2018, eCall has the potential to become a lifesaver for European Union (EU) car drivers. Following serious accidents, the system automatically calls emergency services.

DEKRA has been actively involved in the development and implementation of the European eCall accident emergency system. These new services are part of DEKRA's connected driving initiative and international test network for connected and automated driving.

For manufacturers of eCall modules, component vendors and car manufacturers, DEKRA can now provide all testing services and type approvals in accordance with directive EU 2017/79. This directive defines the technical prerequisites and procedures for eCall built-in systems, units and components. DEKRA now also tests and certifies in accordance with Global Certification Forum (GCF) regulations, based on the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard.

From April 2018, the European eCall system will be mandatory in all new passenger cars and light commercial vehicle models in the EU. eCall recognizes airbag deployment and impact sensor information. Upon activation, the system communicates location data and sensor information to emergency services and establishes a voice call between the vehicle passengers and the emergency services.

It is expected that eCall could accelerate emergency services response times in urban areas by 40 percent and in rural areas by 50 percent. The goal is a faster first response for those injured and a reduction of the number of traffic fatalities because of accidents.

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