The SOS button, mandatory since April 1, 2018, is an emergency call device connected to an accident detector.
Have you ever seen it in your vehicle? the SOS device, too called “eCall” is a button which is usually located either at the level of the dashboard, either more in height the level of ceiling light, next to the night light switches.
This real system emergency calls embarked on a difficult start and many delays. Thought at the beginning of 2000s, the system first saw the light of day in 2009 on some car models only.
On 2011, the project went to the European Commission. Four years later, in 2015, the European Parliament adopted the by-law to make theeCall mandatory on new vehicles. He finally had to wait for the April 1, 2018 for this device to be made fully mandatory on all new vehicles.
What happens when you press it?
By pressing the “SOS button”, your on-board computer will therefore start the “eCall semi-automated service”. But how does it work?
A few seconds after pressing the button, anywhere in Europe, your car goes straight call 112. Namely the telephone number reserved for emergency calls throughout the European Union.
Your contact will then be able to take charge of the arrival of a rescue service. at the scene of the accident. He can forward your call to the appropriate services and send information about the accident: time, precise location the vehicle involved in the accident and the direction in which it was heading.
How can the system notify rescue if you are unconscious?
In the event of a more serious accident, and you are unconscious, you will not be able to operate the famous SOS button of your car.
But the eCall system is well thought out and is directly linked to certain functions of your vehicle. Thus, it is activated for example when one of your airbags deploys, if your car undergoes a sudden deceleration, or if you roll over for example. The system will detect it and activate the SOS button for you.
Thanks to this device, the emergency services will be notified automatically this time. It is also connected to a GPS which will allow the emergency services to know the exact position of your vehicle.
According to MEPs, by considerably reducing the emergency response time, the system «eCall», could save 2 500 vies per year !
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Source: AutoplusAutoplus by www.autoplus.fr.
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