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The transmitter would be activated automatically by pressure sensors that would detect a sudden impact, or manually by an injured occupant of the car, and send an SOS via the EU-wide emergency call number 112.
The emergency services, through specially adapted call centres, would receive the signal and immediately locate the car by satellite to dispatch an ambulance crew.
"With this technology, your car could save your life," EU Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding said.
The commission unveiled its plan after contacts with EU governments and the auto industry which it said showed that the eCall technology could be fitted in all new cars "as soon as 2009".
The devices would be embedded in the car's electronics with only a button visible on the dashboard, Brussels said.
Originally posted by ShadowXIX
This sounds exactly like Onstar which you can get on all GM vehicles I believe.
Originally posted by Possum Sandwich
Deactivating it would entail cutting a bunch of wires, that could...perhaps...be routed to the correct places without the central computer of the vehicle sensing that there was an essential component missing. I'm not being facetious about the "central computer", either, since most vehicles have chips that control the engine and sense air intake, fuel injection, and then theoretically optimize performance.
Originally posted by sardion2000
I have no idea why people are against this technology. Driving is a privalidge not a right folks, its not in the Constitution you know, and already there are too many maniac drivers on the road right now .