Industry welcomes life-saving eCall proposal
Brussels, 13 June 2013 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes the legislative proposal on eCall published today by the European Commission, and calls on all stakeholders to work together to deliver safe, affordable motoring on Europe’s roads. The industry is committed to drastically reducing the number of deaths involving motor vehicles. The rollout of eCall is just one of many developments designed to reduce road-related casualties.
“eCall has the potential to save lives by shortening reaction time, enabling emergency services to respond as rapidly as possible within the ‘golden hour’ after an accident,” stated ACEA Secretary General, Ivan Hodac.
In August 2004, ACEA became one of the first signatories of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on eCall, a system designed to automatically alert emergency services in the event of a road traffic accident or collision. Alongside its members, ACEA has actively participated in developing effective solutions for pan-European 112 eCall. Any public eCall service must be pan-European and available to all customers before the system becomes obligatory. To work properly therefore, EU infrastructure must be ready and able to receive eCalls.
“Throughout the development process ACEA has consistently outlined the importance of parallel contributions from all stakeholders,” said Mr Hodac. “Everyone and everything has to be in place for it to work.” Accordingly, other stakeholders must uphold their commitments to the technology, Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) must be ready in all member states, and Mobile Network Operators need to be prepared before in-vehicle systems are enforced.
To make the adoption of eCall cost-effective, ACEA calls for adaptable eCall solutions based on technology-neutral legislative requirements, permitting embedded, mobile phone based and third-party solutions. The current proposal does not specify the eCall system’s precise technical requirements, which would be expected in a subsequent Delegated Act in 2014.
“The automobile industry is very concerned that the proposed October 2015 entry into force does not respect the 36 month lead-time that the industry will need to implement the technical adaptations, as recommended in CARS 2020,” stated Mr Hodac. “Also, considering the member states’ requirement for working infrastructure to be in place, the time needed for legislative procedure and the need to assess the technical and legal challenges, this target date is highly ambitious.”
- The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 16 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
- Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
- Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, email@example.com, +32 485 88 66 47.
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About the EU automobile industry
- 13 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 7% of all EU jobs.
- 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.4 million – are in the automotive sector.
- Motor vehicles are responsible for €374.6 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
- The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €79.5 billion for the EU.
- The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
- Investing €58.8 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 32% of total EU spending.