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NXP tests eCall car emergency system in Europe field trial

Posted: 12 Nov 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:eCall? telematics? ATOP? field trial?

NXP Semiconductors N.V. is staging a European field trial of the eCall car emergency system.

eCall is a vehicle-installed system that monitors for accidents and automatically calls emergency operators. It provides the date and time of the accident, the GPS coordinates of the accident location, and the number of vehicle passengers to a Public Safety Accident Point.

The system was created to reduce the time it takes for emergency services to rescue accident victims and eventually save more lives. It uses a small onboard telematics unit with NXP technology. The telematics unit will send out test emergency calls during the 10,000km journey to determine its reliability across Europe.

Lars Reger, vice president of strategy and business development for the Automotive and Identification business unit at NXP, said eCall uses the Automotive Telematics On-Board Unit Platform, or ATOP, and an in-band modem or SMS system to communicate with the servers.

Announced at electronica 2010 in Munich, the Europe field trial will also involve NXP's partners, namely BMW, IBM, Allianz OrtungsServices, DEKRA, and Deutsche Telekom, as well as automobile clubs AvD, Touring and UAMK.

The field trial begins with three cars leaving Madrid, Athens and Helsinki on a trip to Brussels, where the eSafety Forum will be held on November 25, 2010.

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