Volkswagen to demonstrate eCall at CeBIT

UPDATE FROM SOURCE: Volkswagen will not demonstrate how eCall works during the CeBIT technology show as stated in a previous version of this story. Information about VW’s participation was removed from an updated version of a release on the show’s Web site.

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Volkswagen will demonstrate how eCall, Europe’s emergency call system, works in real-life situations during the CeBIT technology show in Hanover March 2-6.

VW is working with officials from its home state, Lower Saxony, to establish the technological infrastructure for an eCall pilot project.

“The new receivers can process signals from both the American Global Positioning System (GPS) and Galileo, the future European satellite navigation system,” said Michael Nitsche, a manager for the project. “This compatibility ensures exact positioning data and optimum availability.”

ECall is part of the European Commission’s plan to cut road deaths to 25,000 by this year. In 2008, more than 1.2 million accidents on Europe’s roads caused about 39,000 deaths and more than 1.7 million injuries.

Courtesy: Automotive News.

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