eCall – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Thu, 04 Mar 2021 18:02:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Ford Testing System to Help Motorists Clear Path for Emergency Vehicles https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/ford-testing-system-to-help-motorists-clear-path-for-emergency-vehicles/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/ford-testing-system-to-help-motorists-clear-path-for-emergency-vehicles/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2018 14:12:52 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=24502 Ford and Vodafone are currently testing a new system that would alert drivers of upcoming incidents, and instruct them to clear a path for emergency services. Ambulances, police cars and fire engines could soon have a smoother path through traffic when heading to emergencies, after Ford and Vodafone confirmed they are testing a system the […]

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Ford and Vodafone are currently testing a new system that would alert drivers of upcoming incidents, and instruct them to clear a path for emergency services.

Ambulances, police cars and fire engines could soon have a smoother path through traffic when heading to emergencies, after Ford and Vodafone confirmed they are testing a system the will alert drivers to incidents.

Called eCall Plus, the system is a refinement of the eCall system which automatically alerts emergency services if a car is involved in a serious accident.

eCall Plus has many improved features when compared to eCall. Its designers picture a scenario where car infotainment systems will be used to warn drivers of an incident, like a crash, up to 500 meters ahead. It will also inform them of the approach of emergency services, and instruct them to move to a specific side of the road.

This would result in the creation of an “emergency corridor” that rescue vehicles can use to travel down, eliminating the need for paramedics, police officers and fire-fighters to weave in and out of traffic.

Experts say that victims of accidents have a 40 per cent better chance of survival if emergency personnel can reach them just four minutes faster. Hence, reducing the time needed by emergency personnel to reach the site of an accident can play a key role in reducing the rate of fatalities.

Countries which have laws related to emergency corridors generally specify that in the case of dual carriageways, such corridors should be created in the middle of the two lanes. When a study related to this was conducted in Germany, it was found that almost 50 per cent of drivers had no idea how to create an emergency corridor.

Commenting on the new technology, Gunnar Herrmann, Ford’s German CEO, said the company has a longstanding history when it comes to testing vehicle to traffic infrastructure and vehicle to vehicle communications, both of which can play a significant role in enhancing road safety and efficiency. Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO of Vodafone Germany said the “digital revolution” has the potential to “help save lives on our roads”.

Ford is developing the new system as part of KoMoD (Kooperative Mobilität im digitalen Testfeld Düsseldorf), a Euro 15 million German program that was designed with the goal of exploring autonomous vehicles, connected car technologies and “the interplay of several driver assistance functions in real driving situations”.

It might take a few years to implement eCall Plus, but it has been mandatory from April 2018 for all new cars that are sold in Europe to be fitted with eCall. eCall not only alerts emergency services about an incident, but also informs authorities about the precise location of the vehicle, the kind of fuel it uses and the direction in which it was travelling when it crashed.

It is estimated that eCall can help cut emergency response times by up to 50 per cent in the countryside, and by upto 60 per cent in built-up areas. The system also comes with an SOS button, that makes it possible for drivers to summon help manually.

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Bosch Says eCall System can be Used in Current Models https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/bosch-says-ecall-system-can-be-used-in-current-models/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/bosch-says-ecall-system-can-be-used-in-current-models/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:50:16 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=23066 Leading automotive supplier, Bosch has said that the company’s new range of automatic ‘emergency call’ system known as eCall can be retrofitted in current models. eCall is a digital first responder that automatically calls emergency services in the event of an accident. The European Union has made it compulsory for all new vehicles to be […]

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Leading automotive supplier, Bosch has said that the company’s new range of automatic ‘emergency call’ system known as eCall can be retrofitted in current models. eCall is a digital first responder that automatically calls emergency services in the event of an accident.

The European Union has made it compulsory for all new vehicles to be fitted with the automatic eCall system from March 31, 2018 onwards. This mandatory requirement means that every vehicle will be equipped with a digital first responder system, which can automatically call for help in an accident.

Dr Dirk Hoheisel, member of the board of management of Robert Bosch GmbH said that use of the automatic eCall system will make it possible for connected vehicles to become lifesavers in case of an accident or a medical emergency.

The new regulations stipulate that all new passenger vehicle models that are sold in the EU market after March 31, 2018 should have an eCall system as a standard feature. A standardized eCall box that has the capability to automatically alert the local emergency services though the number 112, which remains the throughout Europe will be integrated into the cars. The system will make it possible for emergency personnel to reach the scene of an accident with greater speed and precision.

The EU projects that eCall can help save as many as 2,500 lives on an annual basis and reduce the number of people who are seriously injured by 15 percent. Major automakers have already started installing the eCall system in their models without waiting for the rules to come into effect. Major automakers are already providing their customers with the digital lifesaver as part of the navigation system without being required to do so by law. Bosch states its extensive eCall range features telematics solutions and services, and thanks to its telematic eCall plug, even existing vehicles can benefit from the solution.

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