eCall becomes mandatory from 2015
To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents across the EU, the European Commission adopted on 13th June two proposals to ensure that, by October 2015, cars will automatically call emergency services in case of a serious crash. The "eCall" system automatically dials 112 - Europe's single emergency number - in the event of a serious accident. It communicates the vehicle's location to emergency services, even if the driver is unconscious or unable to make a phone call. It is estimated that it could save up to 2500 lives a year.
Read the European Commission Press Release here.