Croatia committed itself to the timely implementation of eCall, the pan-European in-vehicle emergency call system by signing the eCall memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently.
eCall enables a car involved in a crash to automatically dial 112 and call the nearest emergency centre.
The system notifies the accident and transmits its exact location. Croatia is the 24th European country to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
“eCall” is a live-saving system in the cars. eCall automatically dials Europe’s single emergency number 112 in case of a severe crash and transfers the exact location of the accident and other essential information to the nearest emergency service.
It is estimated that eCall could save up to 5% of road fatalities per year when fully deployed and mitigate the consequences of severe accidents in around 10% of cases due to quick communication and timely reaction by the emergency services.
Croatia, which is the 24th European country and the first candidate country to sign the MoU, is involved in the pilot project to pre-deploy the eCall service in Europe.
Twenty three European countries have signed the MoU so far, namely Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain and The Netherlands, as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
The Russian Federation has also indicated their willingness to cooperate with the eCall initiative.
Source: European Commission.