The European Parliament has reached a deal with national ministers to introduce a mandatory “eCall” system for all new cars from April 2018.
However, although the system would automatically call the 112 emergency number in the event of a crash, euro lawmakers say that cars will not be continuously tracked.
“It will be illegal to use eCall to track a driver’s movements or to misuse location data, which must be sent only to the emergency services,” said Olga Sehnalova, the Czech politician who helped broker the deal.
The proposed rules would also follow the principle of data-minimisation, with only basic details such as the class of vehicle, the type of fuel used, the time of the accident, and the exact location given to the emergency services.
Nor is any of the data gathered allowed to be passed on to third parties without the explicit consent of the person involved.
I’m very curious how the system knows you’re in a crash…