Summary Paul Potters

Paul Potters (ITS Netherlands) gave a presentation on eCall - a car that can save your life. In the EU, an important initiative is to reduce the number of fatalities to 50% in 2010. Recently there has been a mid-term review of this initiative, revealing the remaingin high costs in the whole of the EU of traffic fatalities.

eCall was launched on september 15, 2003. eCall is a passive safety measure, as opposed to active and preventive safety measures (such as road structure improvements and speed control). eCall informs emergency services of an accident, and sends detailed information about the location and consequences to these services. Its goal is to deduce response times to accidents, the severity of accidents, the number of lives lost, and the overall costs of traffic accidents.

eCall uses the 112 network, on which a signal is sent with the exact location and the vehicle ID. Then the emergency services try to contact the vehicle for more information. A large set of data about the car is then transferred to 112 and the whole emergency chain is initiated for the rescue. eCall, which is SMS-based, is a low-cost functionality. It is part of the eSafety Forum.

The Dutch status of work is as follows:


the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) is signed


a digital network is being developed (with the 112-emergency operator).

The costs for the development of the infrastructural changes in the Netherlands are covered by the Dutch goverment; the in-car devices are bought by car manufacturers.

Click here for the slides of the presentation.