Auto industry welcomes European Parliament decision on eCall

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes today’s decision in the European Parliament on eCall, a system designed to automatically alert emergency services in the event of a road traffic accident or collision.

European automobile manufacturers are committed to improving safety outcomes, and the rollout of eCall is just one of many developments designed to reduce road-related casualties.

“With eCall to be available on new vehicle types in April 2018, this decision brings Europe one step closer to making operational a system which we have been advocating since 2004,” said Mr Erik Jonnaert, ACEA Secretary General.

“Vehicle manufacturers are committed to protecting their customers’ privacy. However, at the end of the day, we cannot forget that the primary purpose of eCall is safety. The industry feels that the final text strikes a good balance between saving lives and protecting data,” stated Jonnaert.

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About ACEA

ACEA’s members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu .

Facts about the EU automobile industry

  • Some 12.7 million people - or 5% of the EU employed population - work in the sector.
  • The 3 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent 10.3% of EU's manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for €388 billion in tax contribution in the EU15.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with €32.3 billion invested annually.
  • The automotive sector contributes significantly to the EU trade balance with a €95 billion surplus.

Contact

For more information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45 or +32 485 88 66 47