US: Vehicle telematics (eCall) benefits victims

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A new CDC report based on an expert panel’s findings supports the use of a concept named advanced automatic collision notification (eCall), which employs vehicle sensors that automatically alert a remote advisor if that vehicle is involved in a moderate or severe front, rear, or side-impact crash.

Knowing what the sensors showed about crash severity, the direction of impact, air bag deployment, multiple impacts, and rollovers (if appropriate sensors are installed), the advisor would then inform emergency responders, helping them decide quickly whether the victims need to be transported to a trauma center.

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