Carmakers will be given specifications and clearer definitions of the mandatory safer driving technology they must install as part of a new European law, as soon as this month.
The eCall system, which is proposed to automatically alert and transmit location data the European emergency services number - 112 - in the event of a crash, will be voted on when the European Parliament next meets in Strasbourg on April 27, according to a plenary draft.
The outcome will give Original Equipment Manufacturer’s and carmakers clarity over the infrastructure needed to support the black-box style eCall systems, as well as the specifications for devices, which will need to be ready to go in all new European models by October 2017.
The UK’s own government’s transport body has objected to the eCall scheme since it was first proposed in 2013.
A recent transport committee report revealed that the government had attempted to put the brakes on the scheme within Britain.
UK transport minister Claire Perry, who estimated eCall’s implementation costs at £370 million, said: “The benefit of making eCall mandatory in all new cars does not justify the cost of implementing it…we do not support the measure, because it is not cost-effective for us.”
Perry argued that the UK’s road network and emergency services are of a high enough standard to veto the initiative.
However, if the UK refuses to implement eCall, consumers may still have to pay the cost of it for European peers. Manufacturers are likely to transfer the cost of implication to the customer, regardless of whether their sovereignty complies with eCall or not.