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NXP solution embedded in accident alert system in cars

Posted: 22 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded? eCall ATOP? alert system car?

NXP Semiconductors has signed up to support eCall, the pan- European emergency call system.

In case of an accident, the eCall device in the car automatically calls the nearest emergency service. Even if no voice connection can be established, a set of data is transmitted to the rescue service via the call. This data includes the exact geographic location of the accident. Knowing the precise whereabouts of the crash, the emergency services reaction time is reduced by 50 percent in rural and 40 percent in urban areas.

Studies suggest that 2,500 lives could be saved in the European Union annually and less severe injuries sustained in 15 percent of all accidents involving bodily harm if all European cars were equipped with eCall. eCall will become available as an option for all new cars as of September 2010.

"With our competency in semiconductors and software solutions for cars, we strive to make driving safer, cleaner, more comfortable and enjoyable. Our Automotive Telematics On-board unit Platform 2.5G (ATOP) is the first single-component eCall IC, which can be used as a standalone solution, or can easily be integrated into other car-applications such as connectivity boxes, navigation systems, radios. With ATOP, the creation of highly integrated eCall boxes will be possible to bring about very cost-effective, easy-to-integrate Telematics products, supporting the initiative of the European Commission,' said Marc de Jong, NXP executive VP, business unit automotive and identification.

eCall was launched in 2003 by the Commission and interested stakeholders to encourage Member States as well as car manufacturers, mobile network operators, automotive suppliers and others to collaborate on an automatic accident alert system for cars.

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