Monday, February 07, 2005

OnStar for the entire EU

Taking an impressively progressive stance on safety, the European Union recently advised that all new cars sold in Europe should be equipped with technology similar to the OnStar service currently offered by GM. Dubbed eCall, the service will allow passengers to make emergency phone calls and will automatically contact emergency services in the event of an accident. Under a framework agreed to by the majority of Europe's automotive producers, eCall will become standard on all European cars, regardless of price, by 2009. Operators at EU emergency hotline number "112" will need to know more than 15 languages in order to effectively render services across the continent. Think the U.S. will follow?


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