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ADAC has demonstrated that the European eCall system, as recommended by the eCall Driving Group and approved by the EU Parliament, successfully works. Mr Volker Knapp, Managing Director of ADAC and Mr Charles Capelleman of ARC Transistance presented the final results to the European Commission at a 26 June 2007 meeting with DG INFSO Director General Fabio Colasanti. It also presented results of the test during the 5-6 June 2007 Berlin eSafety Conference, hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.
The nine Opel Vectra vehicles were equipped with eCall units, GPS/GSM antennae, an eCall button and capability to measure mobile network coverage. Simulated PSAPs operated by ÖAMTC, ACI and ADAC in their respective countries received the emergency calls. The ADAC Technical Centre in Landsberg, Germany analysed and evaluated the data.
“The results of this first cross-border feasibility trial are excellent; they prove that the pan-European in-vehicle emergency call service “eCall” are viable. As automobile clubs, we are looking forward to supporting the implementation of the eCall service across Europe as soon as possible for the benefits of all road users, “ ADAC Managing Director Volker Knapp pointed out during the 26 June meeting with the EC.
The introduction of the eCall system is aimed at reducing the number of road fatalities and minimising the consequences of injuries. ADAC notes that this is why is strongly supportive if eCall and will contribute its know-how, experience and service provider experience.
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